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Rhys Williams a chance for Glory return

NZN 3/02/2017 Justin Chadwick

The saga surrounding Rhys Williams could be set for another twist, with the former Socceroo a chance to make his Perth Glory return in Saturday night's A-League clash with the Newcastle Jets.

Williams hasn't played for Glory since December 10, with Perth blocking his bid to join A-League rivals Sydney FC during the transfer window.

The 28-year-old has been named in an extended squad to face the Jets at nib Stadium, and coach Kenny Lowe said Williams is under consideration to feature in the match.

However, whether Williams ends up playing remains to be seen.

Two weeks ago, Williams was named in an extended squad to take on Melbourne Victory - only for an apparent hamstring injury to rule him out of action.

Some critics questioned whether Williams had faked the injury due to his bitter standoff with the club.

Lowe angrily rejected those claims at the time, and he was keeping tight lipped about Williams' chances of featuring against the Jets when asked on Friday.

"Same as anybody's," Lowe said.

"He's training every day. Everyone's training. We'll see where we go from there."

With the transfer window now closed, Williams will see out the season at Glory.

If his testy relationship with the club can be patched up, Williams looms as a key cog in Glory's bid to secure a top-four berth.

Last week's shock 2-0 loss to Central Coast left fifth-placed Glory five points adrift of fourth spot.

But Lowe is confident his team can make a late-season charge up the table.

Perth will be without suspended goalkeeper Liam Reddy against the Jets, but captain Rostyn Griffiths returns from his two-match ban.

Nick Feely is expected to fill in for Reddy, and Lowe is confident he will do a good job.

The Jets are just one point adrift of Glory, and are also aiming to lock down a finals berth.

Lowe said it was imperative for his team to avoid the mental lapses which had seen them cough up a host of soft goals this season.

STATS THAT MATTER

*Perth Glory have saved 93.8 per cent of shots faced from outside the box, the most of any team in the competition.

*Glory striker Andy Keogh has been involved in eight goals in his past eight games against Newcastle Jets, scoring four and assisting four more.

*Newcastle Jets have earned competition points in each of their last two games against Perth Glory (W1, D1), snapping the eight-game losing streak prior to that.

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