Pondeljak won't start in grand final
Central Coast coach Lawrie McKinna says key midfielder Tom Pondeljak is virtually no chance of starting Sunday's A-League grand final despite getting through Saturday's final training session.
Pondeljak has been hampered by an inflamed knee for the past two weeks and only returned to training on Friday.
He will have to pass a fitness test on Sunday before being cleared to play in the grand final against Newcastle at the Sydney Football Stadium.
But McKinna said any involvement from the 32-year-old - who is bidding to play his fifth domestic grand final - will almost certainly be from off the bench.
"Tommy trained again and did everything, but we didn't do too much, so we're going to give him another run tomorrow," said McKinna after his side's light training run in Gosford.
"He's got a chance to go on the bench, but it's very doubtful he would start.
"But we'll see how he pulls up tomorrow, he's not trained for a week and a half so we'll see how he pulls up."
McKinna said he had yet to decide whether to start Andre Gumprecht or Greg Owens in Pondeljak's place.
The Jets have also completed their preparations with a light run in Newcastle, with young attacker James Holland getting through unscathed after struggling with a quad muscle injury during the week.
Both teams will travel to Sydney on Saturday afternoon with supporters in Gosford and Newcastle expected to be out in force to give their players a fitting send off.
Kickoff on Sunday is 5pm (AEDT).