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Reds in tough A-league spot: Henrique

NZN 25/11/2016 Vince Rugari

Returning Adelaide United utility Henrique admits the A-League strugglers will be up against it when they face Sydney FC without their coach Guillermo Amor.

Suspended for making contact with a fourth official last week during Adelaide's morale-sapping 3-1 defeat to Perth, Amor will watch Saturday night's clash from the Allianz Stadium grandstands as his side attempt to break a winless seven-match run against the competition's runaway leaders.

Henrique, who has missed the past four weeks with a knee injury, admitted the team was at a difficult juncture.

"It's a hard time for us," the Brazilian-Australian told reporters on Friday.

"Every game is a difficult game but this one will be even more because they are top of the table.

"We need to stick together. We need to keep up the hard work - that's the only thing we can do.

"Sooner or later, the win will come."

Henrique, 31, was originally set to spend six weeks on the sidelines after suffering a medial ligament tear in Adelaide's round-three clash with Melbourne Victory, but has returned to fitness two weeks ahead of schedule.

His presence should help improve the Reds' stuttering attack, with the team having scored just seven goals this season - only higher than Wellington.

"It's just a matter of composure, get in front of the goal and take the right decision. Sometimes, it's not shooting - it's passing to the player next to you," Henrique said.

"As soon as we win, things will fall together and we're going to be right."

Henrique was confident Amor's absence wouldn't be too much of a factor.

"Obviously, it's better to have your coach on the sidelines, near you. But we train all week so we know what he wants," he said.

"We've been together for a long time now. It won't make a big difference."

Whether Amor is permitted to return to the touchline for Adelaide's home clash with Wellington on Sunday week depends on the outcome of a tribunal hearing early next week.

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