Popa moves on after Juric row
Popovic was publicly displeased with Australia coach Ange Postecoglou calling Juric into the European camp, after the striker missed three matches in the lead-up due to the complaint.
Juric got five minutes off the bench in the 2-2 draw with Germany, before getting half an hour as a substitute against FYR Macedonia.
The 23-year-old returned to Sydney in midweek and was back at Wanderers training on Thursday ahead of Friday’s clash against Melbourne City.
“He’s training this morning and looks in good spirits,” Popovic said.
“Obviously he’s come off a long flight, but he didn’t play many minutes in the last two games, so physically he should be fine.
“We’ll see how he is today, it’s good to have him back.”
Juric is all the more likely to play some part, with fellow forward Jaushua Sotirio to miss the game after returning from Olyroos duty with an injury.
“We won’t be able to use him this weekend, but hopefully it won’t be a long one,” Popovic said.
Meanwhile, Popovic provided a number of injury updates, with Socceroo Matt Spiranovic hoping to return to full training next week.
Spiranovic injured his hamstring in the AFC Champions League against FC Seoul on March 18.
“Spira is still with the rehab group and we hope to him back at some point next week training with the team,” Popovic said.
Popovic also provided updates on Mateo Poljak (calf) and Mark Bridge (groin), in positive news as Wanderers’ long injury list begins to shorten.
“They are getting better. Mateo and Bridge trained with the group for the first time yesterday,” Popovic said.
“It’ll be interesting to see today if they can back up a second session.
“Slowly the players are coming back from injury, soon we should have a lot more players available for selection.”