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Perth's Taggart doubtful to face Phoenix

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/10/2016 Emma Kemp

Adam Taggart is unlikely to play against Wellington on Sunday as Perth take a cautious approach with their sore striker.

Taggart made a blistering return to the A-League last weekend, scoring a first-half brace against Central Coast before being subbed off on the hour to manage his fitness.

But the 23-year-old Socceroo pulled up with a sore calf this week and did not train on Friday with the team.

Coach Kenny Lowe said "something very minor" showed up in scans, and the priority was to ensure it didn't escalate.

Taggart has endured a bad run with injuries, having spent most of his stint with English Championship side Fulham and on loan to Scottish outfit Dundee United dealing with a string of issues.

Given Melbourne City await the Glory next weekend, Lowe appeared to be leaning towards keeping his injury-prone target man fresh.

"Tags came out on fire and did brilliant, but maybe he's pushing himself a little bit too much," Lowe said.

"I'm glad he did the 60 minutes and not the 90. Otherwise, we might have been looking at something different.

"What he's got is minor, but it's there and we've got to be conscious of that with his history."

Should Taggart sit the Phoenix match out, Lowe might revert from his two-pronged attack and leave Andy Keogh as the Glory's sole striker.

Defender Shane Lowry (hip) is getting closer to a return, completing a portion of training before continuing his rehab.

But he'll have to wait until the next meeting to line up against younger brother Ryan Lowry, who signed last month with the Phoenix.

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