Fornaroli eager to join Sturridge mania

Perth Glory striker Bruno Fornaroli hopes he can form a special partnership with Daniel Sturridge when the pair finally get to play an A-League Men’s match together.

Sturridge only trained with the team for the first time last Monday, and he was limited to a nine-minute cameo off the bench in Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Adelaide United in Perth.

The former Liverpool star replaced Fornaroli late in that match, and Sturridge won’t be handed a start any time soon as the club attempts to slowly build up his training loads.

It means Sturridge and Fornaroli will have to bide their time before being able to play significant game time together.

“The opportunity will come,” Fornaroli said. 

“It’s always great to play with the good players. Everyone knows him and knows his abilities and what he can give for us. I’m excited, I can’t wait.

“You can feel the connection straight away when he has the ball.”

Fornaroli started the season in fine fashion with a 30-yard thunderbolt in the first half against Adelaide.

Glory will now embark on an arduous stretch of up to nine consecutive away games if the club is unsuccessful in its attempt of switching two of those to Perth in early January.

The road trip begins with an FFA Cup match against Melbourne Victory in Adelaide on Wednesday, before Glory takes on Western United in Melbourne on Friday.

Glory will send a second-string squad to Adelaide for the FFA Cup clash so that their first-choice team will be fresh for the ALM match against Western United. 

Andy Keogh is set for a stint on the sidelines after the veteran striker injured his calf against Adelaide.