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By ESPN Staff
Feb 6, 2013

Emerton, Culina set for Sydney FC return

Aiming for their fourth straight A-League win at home, Sydney FC are set to receive a further boost with the return of veterans Brett Emerton and Jason Culina.

The pair missed last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Newcastle through injury but are likely to be named in the starting line-up for Sunday's clash with Brisbane.

Emerton failed to recover from a back strain while 32-year-old Culina was rested as the Sky Blues sit on the edge of the top six with eight games of the regular season remaining.

"He was starting to feel fatigued," Farina said of Culina on Wednesday.

"There's no major injury ... he was mentally and a bit physically tired.

"He'd played, I think, five times for 90 minutes and done well and I think he needed a rest."

Farina also expected Emerton to train on Friday after receiving an injection to a disc in his lower back last week.

Defenders Tiago Calvano and Fabio are available after serving one-game bans but Terry McFlynn won't be after copping a red card against the Jets.

Sydney FC have been in roaring form at Allianz Stadium, last month's 7-1 demolition of Wellington following hard-fought wins over Melbourne Heart and Central Coast.

Meanwhile striker Joel Griffiths, who was handed a three-match suspension last week for abusing a match official, scored twice on Wednesday as Sydney FC beat Tahiti 4-0 in a practice match.

Joel Chianese and Alec Urosevski also finished on the scoresheet.

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