Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque expects to be fit for the Sky Blues' Boxing Day clash against Central Coast Mariners at Allianz - a game he says can be a turning point for the season.
The in-form striker has not played in Sydney's past two matches due to a hamstring injury, but after a fitness test on Monday, he reckons he's on track to face the Mariners at Allianz Stadium.
And it's a match where the 32-year-old skipper has challenged his side to "kick-start" their season.
"Feeling pretty good," Brosque told reporters.
"Did a little bit in the gym just to test it today and it's [the hamstring] feeling pretty good.
"So I'll go out on the park, I think the boys have got an easy session today, so I'll do my little bit.
"Tomorrow's off, so I'll hopefully join in training from Wednesday and be fit for Saturday."
Sydney have claimed just one victory in their past seven matches following their 1-1 draw at Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.
With just 11 goals in as many games in 2015-16, goal-scoring is clearly the Sky Blues' major weakness.
But Brosque hopes taking on Central Coast, who Sydney thrashed 5-1 in January to spark their 2014-15 Hyundai A-League campaign, will be the tonic Graham Arnold's team needs.
"This is probably a similar point time as last year that we got our season underway. It was a 5-1 win against the Mariners that kick-started our season, so I think we'll look at that," Brosque said.
"Not with any disrespect to the Marine, but I think it's more the fact that we're at home this week against a team that hasn't been performing that well this season, and we really need to take advantage of that."
Last season, Sydney were held scoreless in seven of their opening 14 games but their big win over Mariners started a five-match period where Arnold's men hit the back of the net 19 times.
Brosque and Co. went on to finish second, scoring 52 goals in 27 games.
This season, Sydney have failed to score in four of their opening 11 fixtures and have only scored more than one goal in a game on two occasions.
Brosque remains convinced Sydney will rediscover their scoring touch.
"When it does click for us, same as last year, we won't look back," he said.comments