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Smeltz still on lighter duties
Shane Smeltz. Pic: Lee Griffith/WA News

Key players Michael Thwaite and Shane Smeltz will be named in Perth Glory's squad but must prove their fitness before being considered for starting berths against Western Sydney Wanderers at nib Stadium on Sunday.

Thwaite played a full game in the Socceroos' 2-1 friendly win over South Korea on Wednesday, while Smeltz made a 20-minute appearance off the bench for New Zealand in their 1-1 draw with China.

Both players were due back in Perth last night and will complete their usual rehabilitation program away from the main group at training this morning.

The big test will come during Glory's final session tomorrow.

Smeltz is likely to start on the bench against Western Sydney, having played only 45 minutes since returning from a month-long lay-off with a hamstring injury. Billy Mehmet has led the way up front with three goals in his absence.

Thwaite could be replaced in the centre of defence by Steve Pantelidis if required, but coach Ian Ferguson is leaving his options open.

"I've been really happy with the whole squad, even the boys that have been in the youth team," Ferguson said.

Versatile central defender Thwaite was played out of his preferred position by Socceroos coach Holger Osieck, starting at left-back before switching to a defensive midfield role in the second half.

Thwaite was buoyed by his first appearance for the national team under Osieck and has set his sights on next month's East Asian Cup qualifiers.

The Socceroos take on North Korea, Chinese Taipei, Guam and Hong Kong in the round-robin competition, with the group winner progressing to the final tournament in South Korea next year.

"I really, really want to play at that level again and was thankful for the opportunity," Thwaite said.

"It was very difficult opposition as well, especially not playing in my natural position. Hopefully Holger was happy with the versatility.

"That's the type of player that he likes.

"There are a lot of good players in the Socceroos squad and it's very hard to get a starting spot so any chance that I get, I'll definitely take."