Heavy schedule takes its toll

Perth Glory’s grueling schedule has taken its toll on the squad, with interim head coach Ian Ferguson struggling to field a team for Sunday’s clash in Townsville against North Queensland Fury. The match will be the Glory’s eighth in just 30 days.

Perth Glory-s grueling schedule has taken its toll on the squad, with interim head coach Ian Ferguson struggling to field a team for Sunday-s clash in Townsville against North Queensland Fury. The match will be the Glory-s eighth in just 30 days.

With central defenders Andy Todd (hip) and Jamie Harnwell (calf) already ruled out of the Fury match, Naum Sekulovski (groin), Jamie Coyne (hip) and Mile Sterjovski (flu) are all in a race against time to prove their fitness.

The tough stretch of matches in November has also seen the Glory travel to Sydney (twice), Adelaide, Brisbane and Townsville.

With Perth Glory already the most traveled team in the Hyundai A-League, Ferguson concedes his squad is feeling the pinch.

“It-s not been easy on the lads,” Ferguson said.

“Other clubs are in a similar position with games played but the extra distance we have to travel makes it extremely difficult on the players.

“We have a lot of very tired bodies and the Fury game will be another big challenge because right now I-m sure if we-ll have enough fit players.”

Brent Griffiths will return from suspension on Sunday but defenders Scott Neville and Josh Mitchell will not be available after receiving red cards in Wednesday night-s 3-2 loss to Brisbane Roar.