Wanderers star on the long road to recovery
WESTERN Sydney attacking midfielder Dario Vidosic admits having no pre-season training under his belt has led to a frustratingly mixed campaign with the Wanderers.
The former Brisbane Roar star has scored just two goals this season - a far cry from the 15 he netted at Adelaide United over 51 games from 2011 to 2013.
The 28-year-old, with 23 Socceroos caps to his credit, was carrying a torn posterior cruciate ligament injury - twice misdiagnosed during his ill-fated stint at FC Sion in Switzerland - which delayed his recovery by more than two months before the A-League 2015-16 season.
He barely featured for the Swiss club in his last six months there - firstly because of the misdiagnosis, then because he fell out of favour with coach Didier Tholot.
The Wanderers pounced, making Vidosic their Australian marquee this season, although that was only announced in late September.
A little over two weeks later he was thrust into the action off the bench in the Wanderers' season-opening 3-1 loss to Brisbane.
"It's been a mixed bag for me this season. I was on my nerves a little bit to start off here because I wasn't fit enough," Vidosic told APN. "But I knew I had to stay patient. I'm getting better and my fitness has improved as the season has gone on.
"The good thing is the finals are coming, and I feel my best is yet to come. It is what it is, and there's no point feeling negative about it."
Vidosic also holds a positive attitude towards the Wanderers supporter group the Red and Black Bloc who, together with Sydney's supporter group The Cove, will create an electric atmosphere in tonight's derby against Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium.
But the RBB will be closely monitored after the Wanderers were fined $50,000 and given a suspended three competition-point penalty by the FFA for crowd trouble against the Victory two weeks ago.
"It's a shame that a very small minority of fans have tarred 99.9% of fans with the same brush by lighting flares at games," he said.
"A positive for us is that, even though we're playing at Allianz Stadium, half the stadium will be Wanderers fans. Our supporters are fantastic and we want to reward them."
Vidosic said his second-placed team's 5-2 loss to Wellington last Sunday was a one-off, adding his team only let the Phoenix into their penalty area seven times for those five goals.
Spanish midfielder Dimas (suspension) and Andreu (injury) return for the Wanderers, while Matt Simon (suspension) and Filip Holosko (hamstring) return for the Sky Blues.
Sydney FC is undefeated in the past six Sydney derbies, including wins in the past three.