Wanderers squad update and return to training

The Western Sydney Wanderers Hyundai A-League team today returned to training.

The Western Sydney Wanderers Hyundai A-League team today returned to training.

The Red & Black who have been off since late March due to the suspension of the league were back to business this morning at the club’s Centre of Football in Blacktown.

The majority of the Wanderers senior squad hit the pitch with club captain Mitchell Duke leading the way in various solo and group training activities that adhered to social distancing guidelines.

Interim Hyundai A-League coach Jean-Paul de Marigny (JP) provided an update on players who were not at training such as striker Simon Cox, defender Dylan McGowan and midfielder Pirmin Schwegler.

“Simon Cox is on his way back to Sydney at the moment,” explained JP.

“Dylan McGowan arrived six days ago and is currently in quarantine.

“Pirmin (Schwegler) is also coming back and will be returning at the start of July. He is committed to finishing the season with us.”

Wanderers goalkeeper Daniel Lopar has returned to Switzerland and will not complete the remainder of the season with the club. But will return for next season.

Injured players such as Vedran Janjetovic, Radoslaw Majewski and Daniel Wilmering have also been making progress.

Janjetovic is still working through his rehab with no set return date. 

Majewski remains in Poland where he is doing his rehab and recently welcomed his first child.

There have been positive signs for young defender Daniel Wilmering who this morning returned to the pitch and took part in solo training which involved running. 

For JP and the Red & Black, the next month leading into the resumption of the season will be crucial for the Wanderers’ Finals hopes. 

“I think the challenge is to get them to the level we were at before,” said JP.

“It’s not going to be easy. If we can get them back up to 95% that will be a tremendous achievement.

“The lockdown was more about how we deal with the situation.

“To be fair, Andy Davies (Strength and Conditioning Coach) did a terrific job in keeping the players mentally and physically comfortable with a great plan.”