Del Piero given 'every opportunity' to travel

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 06/12/2012
Wellington Phoenix
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TWO-MAN TANGO: The Phoenix’s Manny Muscat gets tangled up with Sydney FC’s Alessandro Del Piero in Wellington.

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Sydney FC will give superstar Alessandro Del Piero "every opportunity" to be fit for Sunday's A-League clash with the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium.

The Italian legend was substituted in last Sunday's 0-0 stalemate with Melbourne Heart amid concerns over his troublesome right hamstring.

Last-placed Sydney will fly to Wellington on Saturday and a club spokesman yesterday said no decision had been made on the 38-year-old's availability.

"Our staff will be working with him for the remainder of the week and monitoring the situation," the spokesman said.

"They will take it day by day to see how he feels and give him every opportunity to be fit for the game."

Meanwhile, the Phoenix yesterday confirmed back-up goalkeeper Glen Moss would be out for at least three weeks with surgery required to repair his hernia.

Australian keeper Griffin McMaster will continue to sit on the bench behind Mark Paston in Moss's absence.

Spanish midfielder Dani Sanchez (knee) played for Phoenix A against Waitakere United in Auckland last night but is unlikely to be considered for Sunday's game.

The fifth-placed Phoenix, with two wins and a draw in their last three starts, have been installed as $1.70 favourites.

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