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Jamieson must fight for Glory spot
Scott Jamieson. Picture: John Mokrzycki/The West Australian

Perth Glory full-back Scott Jamieson will come into contention for a recall in Saturday's crunch game against Western Sydney Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium after overcoming a foot injury.

The fringe Socceroos defender missed last week's shock 2-1 win over league leaders Central Coast in a game that marked a new era for the club under interim coach Alistair Edwards.

Assistant coach Gareth Naven said Jamieson would have to fight to regain his place in the team after versatile veteran Dean Heffernan performed well at left full-back against the Mariners.

"He (Jamieson) is back on the training track this week so he'll be amongst everyone this week fighting for their spots," Naven said.

"He's a quality player and he's done marvellous for the club up to date. He'll be looking to perform well in training."

Naven expected Danny Vukovic to be available for the Western Sydney clash despite the goalkeeper missing training this morning through illness.

Vukovic and captain Jacob Burns were the notable absentees from today's session.

Burns is struggling with a continuing back complaint and will miss a fifth straight game this week.

There is still no set date for the influential midfielder to return.

Naven was appointed alongside Edwards until the end of the season after Ian Ferguson was sacked and has spent the past week assisting in the implementation of a game plan based around possession and patience.

The former Glory captain, who played 143 games for the club from 1996-2002, has enjoyed the move into the senior set-up after having the reins of the youth team.

"I've had the youth team for the last five years and coaching that team is slightly different," Naven said.

"Now being an assistant to Alistair, there are slightly different roles within that, but at the end of the day you're just trying to affect people."

Naven and Edwards will relish the challenge of taking on Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic in the tactical battle on Saturday.

Former Socceroos defender Popovic has engineered a stunning run of form. The Wanderers have won their past six games and stormed into title contention.

"They've got an astute coach who is organised and structured," Naven said.

"And they have players who believe in what they're doing and I think with that kind of combination within the A-League, you're going to have a tough day."