SWISS defender Dominik Ritter is set to return from a groin strain for the Jets’ inaugural A-League clash against Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday.
But the news is not so good for former Young Socceroos captain Ben Kantarovski who is likely to require knee surgery and could face up to six weeks on the sideline.
Kantarosvki sat out the 3-2 loss to Perth Glory on Saturday night after damaging his right knee at training a week ago.
It is the same knee that the playmaker had had surgically reconstructed in December 2010.
He will see a specialist this week but is almost certain to require surgery.
‘‘We are anticipating he will need a clean up of the meniscus and be out for a spell,’’ coach Gary van Egmond said.
‘‘He has fluid on the knee and it is not subsiding and it is moving down his leg.
‘‘We need to get to the bottom of that, especially with someone at such a young age.
‘‘He has had some issue with that knee so we have to get it right.’’
Keeper Ben Kennedy had a similar procedure last Wednesday and although on crutches yesterday, is hopeful of being fit in four weeks.
Ritter’s anticipated return will sure up the left side of defence. Craig Goodwin dropped to left back in his absence last week but is far more comfortable in an advanced role.
‘‘He was so close against Perth,’’ van Egmond said of Ritter.
‘‘We just felt if we did play him – he wasn’t confident in his own mind – and he hurt it, that it could have been a four-weeker. Better for him to miss one week than four.’’
BAD NEWS: Ben Kantarovski