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Glory sweat on Thwaite
Michael Thwaite. Picture: Getty Images

Socceroos defender Michael Thwaite is a chance to return to the Perth Glory line-up for the crunch clash with Melbourne Victory at nib Stadium on Saturday.

Thwaite has missed the past three matches with a torn calf muscle, forcing coach Ian Ferguson to use a makeshift combination in defence.

But he has returned to training this week and is rated an outside chance to play against Victory in a game captain Jacob Burns described as a "must win" for Glory.

"He's looking really good. I think he's been on the paddock most of this week," Burns said.

"The medical staff will know more about whether he's a chance for the weekend but to see him running again, we'll welcome him back with open arms.

"He offers that calmness on the ball and the ability to play out from the back.

"We've missed him in the last few weeks and I think his form speaks for itself.

"He's been back in the Socceroos and been doing ever so well.

"When he's fit and ready, without risking anything, the sooner the better for us."

Glory have struggled in recent weeks but sit inside the top six despite claiming just two points from their past four games.

Burns said spirits were still high ahead of home fixtures against Victory and reigning champions Brisbane.

"The next two games for us are tough teams, tough opponents that we know well," Burns said.

"Victory have been in very good form and are sitting higher than us on the table, so it's an opportunity for us to test ourselves against one of the best attacking teams in the league.

"We've been strong at home and we want to continue with that form."

Glory's early training session at McGillivray Oval this morning was cut short because of the heat.