Nikita Rukavytsya and Seyi Adeleke poised for Western Sydney debuts

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9 Oct 2019

“It’s obviously not nice when you don’t play and just train but I’m excited now”: Nikita Rukavytsya. Photo: Vince Caligiuri
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“It’s obviously not nice when you don’t play and just train but I’m excited now”: Nikita Rukavytsya. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

“It’s obviously not nice when you don’t play and just train but I’m excited now”: Nikita Rukavytsya. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

“It’s obviously not nice when you don’t play and just train but I’m excited now”: Nikita Rukavytsya. Photo: Vince Caligiuri

The Western Sydney Wanderers could welcome two new faces to their line-up against Wellington on Friday night, with Nikita Rukavytsya and Seyi Adeleke a chance of making their club debuts.

Rukavytsya and Adeleke boarded a flight to New Zealand with their Wanderers teammates on Thursday night, poised to make their first appearance for Western Sydney five days after the club’s Asian Champions League triumph.

Rukavytsya may even start up front for Tony Popovic, with Brendon Santalab due to undergo surgery on the shoulder he injured in the first leg of the ACL final at Parramatta Stadium.

“Everything is good,” Rukavytsya said.

“I couldn’t play last game because of registrations stuff but finally I can play. I don’t know if I’m in the team. It’s obviously not nice when you don’t play and just train but I’m excited now. I couldn’t do anything but it was still nice to get more training with a few of the boys. I’ve been very impressed with the team, the boys and the coaching staff.”

Vitor Saba is out through suspension after he copped a red card in the Sydney derby in round two, which will likely see Mark Bridge in the middle, Labinot Haliti on the left edge and Romeo Castelen on the right.

It is believed Shannon Cole and Kwabena Appiah didn’t travel with the team to New Zealand, which could allow for Adeleke to make his first appearance in the red and black.

The Nigerian signed with the Wanderers in August but was unable to travel to Australia until his visa application was approved due to strict immigration quarantine measures relating to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The Wanderers might still be flying high after being crowned the kings of Asia, but back home they have their work cut out for them trying to kick-start their A-League campaign.

They are glued to the bottom of the ladder after failing to pick up a point in their first two matches against Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC.

Their cross-town rivals are having no such difficulty, enjoying an unbeaten start to the season, and will take on Adelaide United away from home in a top-of-the-table showdown at Coopers Stadium on Friday night.

Sydney FC, Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory are all equal on top of the ladder with 10 points from four games, winning three and drawing one of their first four matches.

The Wanderers have two games in hand but have a difficult week to follow after their long trek to Saudi Arabia last week.

They had only three days to recover before flying out to Wellington on Thursday night, and will next week have a tough trip for their Saturday night clash against Perth Glory on the other side of the country.

Those two away games will be followed by four consecutive matches at home, before they fly to Morocco for the FIFA Club World Cup.

“We concentrated on Champions League but now that it’s finished, we’re back concentrating on the league,” Rukavytsya said.

“Only two games is not a big deal. It is a long season and we still have time. We are really concentrating on this game tomorrow. It should be good.”

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