De Silva in frame for Sky Blues start

Daniel De Silva could get his first start for Sydney FC when they host struggling Wellington Phoenix on Saturday.

The attacking midfielder has been struggling with a hamstring injury since the start of the season, making just two substitute appearances in the league for the Sky Blues.

He was ineligible to play last week against Central Coast, who are his parent club, but got through 60 minutes for the club's youth team against Western Sydney to continue his comeback from injury.

The 21-year-old is in the frame to start against a Phoenix side who are next to bottom in the table and haven't won since the opening round.

"It was good to play with the youth to get some minutes, an opportunity to get some match fitness," said De Silva. "It's always good to be in contention and whatever the coach decides you obviously respect that as a player.

"When the opportunity comes you have to take it with both hands, I'm looking forward to getting back out there this weekend and I'm looking forward to it and the rest of the season as well."

Coach Steve Corica is likely to find a spot on the bench for Dutch marquee Siem de Jong, who has been out for a month with a hamstring injury.

Speaking of his potential return at Jubilee Oval, the 29-year-old said of his hamstring: "It's going well and I'm feeling good. I've been training during the week with the team and testing it out."

Wellington will have keeper Filip Kurto unavailable as he recovers from a concussion, and have signed former Western Sydney stopper Ante Covic as short-term cover.

Sydney FC are 3/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Sky Blues are 4/11 to win their next game against Wellington Phoenix, who are 7/1 with the draw 17/4.

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De Silva out of Sky Blues opener

Daniel De Silva won't be risked for Sydney FC's opening A-League clash with Adelaide United on Friday.

Coach Steve Corica says the 21-year-old might be available for the second week of the campaign when the Sky Blues face Western Sydney in the derby at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

De Silva has had an interrupted pre-season since arriving on loan from Central Coast.

He picked up a hamstring injury several weeks ago, and wasn't used in last week's FFA Cup semi-final victory against Wanderers.

The former Perth Glory player has joined fellow attacking recruit Trent Buhagiar on the sidelines for the meeting with United. Buhagiar tore his ACL in a training game at the weekend.

Corica said of De Silva "[He is] maybe not ready for this week, but very close for the one after. I'm looking forward to having him back; he's a quality player, a young talent as well, very exciting.

"We want him fit and ready to go, especially with the cup [final] coming up as well."

With De Silva and Buhagiar both out of the Adelaide trip, which will be Corica's first league game in charge, skipper Alex Brosque is certain to start at Coopers Stadium.

It could also give a chance to promising youngster Charles Lokolingoy.

Corica said he had learned a lot from being Graham Arnold's right-hand man over the past couple of years before replacing him when Arnold accepted the Socceroos job.

"We have a lot of the same beliefs in football…he's pretty much set me up to take on this role and I'm ready," added the coach. "The boys are [too] and that's the main thing."

Sydney FC are 4/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Sky Blues are 5/4 to win their first game of the league season against Adelaide United, who are 12/5 with the draw 9/4.

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Mariners close in on De Silva deal

Daniel De Silva could be heading back to Australia to join Central Coast Mariners.

The playmaker, who has played at three age levels for Australia, has seen his career stall over the past year.

He hasn't had a club since his loan move to Roda JC in Holland ended in January.

De Silva had left Perth Glory in August 2015 to sign for the Eredivisie side on a two-year loan, but that was cut short by six months.

The 20-year-old has had an up-and-down career, starting when he became the second-youngest player in A-League history.

He made his debut for Perth at the age of 15, and was soon attracting interest from overseas.

Serie A side Roma announced in June 2014 they would be signing him following the A-League season, for a fee rumoured to be $1.5 million, but the deal fell through when Perth did not receive the first installment.

De Silva made just 16 appearances for JC Roda across two seasons.

He spent the past six months on an intense strengthening program aimed at battle-hardening his slight frame.

Mariners coach Paul Okon has known the player since their time together with Australia's under-20s.

He tried to sign the youngster in January, and Central Coast CEO Shaun Mielekamp is confident that, after a six-month wait, a deal is almost done.

"It's looking positive but until they sign on the dotted line you can never say for sure," said Mielekamp. "If it all goes through Daniel will be an important recruit for us.

"He and Paulo are close (from the under-20s) and have been talking for some time. We hoped it would happen in January but couldn't get it over the line back then."

Central Coast are 20/1 to win the Grand Final.

Meanwhile, Australia are 8/1 to win their first game at the Confederations Cup against Germany, who are 2/5 with the draw 4/1.

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