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Adelaide United's forgotten frontman Sergio van Dijk will return to selection favour to cover the latest injury among the A-League contenders.

Van Dijk, who has told the club he wants to leave when his contract expires at season's end, will be summoned in the wake of striker Bruce Djite's groin injury.

Djite was helped from Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night just 80 seconds into Adelaide's 3-2 win against Perth Glory.

His absence compounds the Reds' recent losses of Fabio Ferreira (groin), Nigel Boogard (calf) and Marcelo Carrusca (groin).

Coach John Kosmina described the injury spate as "no big deal" for the second-placed Reds, while lamenting Djite's poor luck.

"It's the way Bruce's season has gone," Kosmina said.

"He could have, with a bit of luck, had a hat-trick against Sydney two weeks ago and then he tweaked a groin in the first minute.

"It's just one of those things, he has lots of issues with groin tightness on the other side so there is a bit of imbalance there."

Kosmina said his squad had the depth to cover injuries, including van Dijk, the league's Golden Boot winner two seasons ago.

Van Dijk has played just three games this season and rarely featured on the substitutes bench amid a frosty relationship with Adelaide hierarchy.

Van Dijk wants to play in Indonesia and last week United chairman Greg Griffin said there was "zero" chance of the striker being in Adelaide next season.

Asked if Djite's injury put van Dijk in the selection frame again, Kosmina replied: "It does - if Serg doesn't go to Indonesia.

"He's playing in the youth team again on Sunday and all things being equal, he would be into the squad next week."

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