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Ninkovic set for A-League return but match in doubt due to smoke

Sydney FC are hopeful midfield maestro Milos Ninkovic can alleviate their midfield injury woes with a return in Friday night’s match against Newcastle Jets, however the match is at risk of being postponed.

With smoke still blanketing the state from bushfires an FFA source told the Herald it was looking to make a decision on whether to postpone the game. If the FFA does postpone the match at Newcastle’s McDonald Jones Stadium, the W-League game between Newcastle and Adelaide United would also not be played.

Milos Ninkovic completed training on Wednesday.

Milos Ninkovic completed training on Wednesday.Credit:AAP

But in good news for the Sky Blues, Ninkovic resumed full training on Wednesday after a niggling calf injury had ruled him out of Sydney’s 2-1 win over Adelaide United last weekend and is considered a strong chance to start on Friday night to boost the Sky Blues’ depleted stocks.

Sydney coach Steve Corica was facing a shortage of midfielders with up to three players set to be ruled out before Ninkovic made his return to full training. The Sky Blues will be without their two regular defensive midfielders with Brandon O’Neill still sidelined with a knee injury and Luke Brattan suspended after accumulating five yellow cards. Attacking midfielder Luke Ivanovic also remains doubtful due to injury.

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