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Glory's Taggart nearing A-League return

AAP logoAAP 11/11/2016 Justin Chadwick

Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe is confident Adam Taggart's calf issue won't drag on for much longer, but says he'll play it safe with the star striker.

Taggart hasn't played since scoring two goals in the season-opening draw with Central Coast.

What initially was meant to be a one-week stint on the sidelines with calf soreness has now become a five-week layoff.

Taggart, who has been dogged by injuries over the past two years, will miss Sunday's clash with Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.

But Lowe is hopeful Taggart will be back in action within the next fortnight.

"I keep saying one week, and you lads look at me cross eyed every time I come in here thinking I'm lying," Lowe said on Friday.

"He's got a very minor issue with his calf. No tear. Just some fluid around the sheath.

"But it's not responding. We've stepped back a little bit and we're going to strengthen it and step back and work through that.

"Hopefully he'll be back in a week or two."

Lowe will be making a return of his own this weekend.

The popular coach was forced to serve a two-week sideline ban for his heated exchange with referee Alan Milliner on October 21.

Lowe took full responsibility for his actions, and said it had been hard to watch on from the bleachers.

"It's probably like you being a journalist and now allowing you to write anything," Lowe said.

"You want to do your job and you want to do it to the best of your ability, and you can't because you've been stupid. So you get what you deserve."

Sydney FC have become this season's early pacesetters after winning their opening five games.

Such has been their dominance, the Sky Blues have only conceded one goal, while scoring 13 themselves.

But Lowe is confident his team can cause an upset by snaring all three points, even without star defender Josh Risdon (Socceroos duties).

"I think it's a game we can win, and we go there with a desire to do that," Lowe said.

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