Marquee man Álvaro Cejudo will have to wait to make his Wanderers debut after Tony Popovic revealed the Spaniard will miss tonight’s Westfield FFA Cup clash against Bentleigh Greens due to illness.
The number 10 arrived at the club just days before the Red & Black’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 victory against Wellington Phoenix and will now sit out of tonight’s clash after struggling with a virus over the weekend.
“He unfortunately was struck down with a bit of a virus,” said Popovic.
“He’s been in bed for three or four days so unfortunately he won’t be available.”
“His family arrived a few days ago so that’ll will certainly make him a lot happier and settled.”
Despite the setback, Popovic says Cejudo and fellow marquee man Oriol Riera have both progressed very well since joining the club.
“I think they’ve acclimatised well with Australia, with the football here.
“They’ve certainly been accepted by the players and they’re enjoying their time here.”
With the signing of Raúl Llorente yesterday, the Wanderers now boast three Spanish imports and Popovic says the early signs from trio are very positive.
“We’re happy to have them all and I’m sure [Assistant Coach] Andrés will be a good interpreter if needed but they all speak English and they’ve come here for all the right reasons.
“They want to come here and win, they want to be successful, they want to show their talent and they want to be part of a successful team.”