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Perth may face Wanderers without skipper

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 4/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Perth might have to host Western Sydney without their skipper, with no guarantee Rostyn Griffiths will have recovered from his neck injury in time for Sunday's home encounter.

Griffiths aggravated the existing injury in a heavy collision with Brisbane's Brett Holman last weekend, which also forced him into hospital for dental surgery.

The midfielder was still training separately from the group on Friday, and coach Kenny Lowe hinted he might take a cautious approach before next weekend's difficult away game with leaders Sydney FC.

"He hasn't trained this week. You've got to be careful," Lowe said.

Nebojsa Marinkovic also had the day off training to nurse a sore ankle but Lowe expected he would take part.

It's not clear whether striker Adam Taggart will make the match-day squad, having not played since scoring a brace in the opening-round 3-3 draw with Central Coast.

Perth sit fourth on the table and are warm favourites to defeat an error-prone Wanderers side that's let two leads slip in a fortnight.

"I'd prefer them not to lead then let a couple in through by mistake. That would be a good scenario," Lowe said.

"They're going to be up for it, as they always are. Popa will have them fired up.

"He's not shy. He doesn't bring a team that doesn't compete, ever."

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