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Illness won't stop Vukovic facing Victory

AAP logoAAP 4/11/2016 Emma Kemp

Twenty-four hours before facing former club Melbourne Victory, Danny Vukovic was laid up at home popping vitamins.

The Sydney FC goalkeeper sat out Friday's final training session with a virus that's already worked its way through teammates Michael Zullo, David Carney and Milos Ninkovic, his recovery the priority before Saturday's blockbuster Big Blue at Allianz Stadium.

Coach Graham Arnold will need Vukovic's safe hands when the undefeated, table-topping Sky Blues host a staunch rival they haven't beaten in nine meetings.

The match shapes as Vukovic's sternest test yet, against the team he played for last season before being released on compassionate grounds due to his son's health issues.

And the gloveman is adamant nothing will stop him taking his place between the posts.

"I'll play with a broken leg if I have to," Vukovic told AAP.

"We just thought better to rest until Saturday night rather than exerting myself a little bit and slowing the healing process down.

"I'll be a lot better in 24 hours and the adrenaline will get me through."

He'd want to hope so because he could be busy.

Vukovic is bracing himself for the menace that is Besart Berisha, the former teammate who netted a hat-trick in Monday's 6-1 shellacking of Wellington.

On a larger scale, he knows from experience how formidable Kevin Muscat's Victory can be, particularly when pumped up on a big win and looking to burst Sydney's bubble.

"They showed (against the Phoenix) just how dangerous they can be when they get it right," Vukovic said.

"They were showing signs of a game like that and maybe been a little bit unlucky at the start of the season.

"But they're always capable of a result like that with the attacking players they've got.

"If we keep a clean sheet there's a very good chance we'll win because we've got some very good players in our front third who are putting the ball in the back of the net regularly."

It's a good thing clean sheets are Vukovic's specialty.

The 31-year-old is in a rich vein of form and the only custodian in the league yet to concede a goal.

He also ranks second for saves with 12, just one less than Lawrence Thomas, the man who displaced him as Victory's No.1 late last season.

Though Sydney's impenetrable defence has ensured he's only had to deal with the fewest shots on target.

Vukovic insists there'll be no strange emotions during the game.

"I've played for quite a few clubs in the league and had to do it before," he said.

"I played with them last season, that's in the past now and I'm focusing on what I need to do for Sydney FC."

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