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Jurman okay after fence collapse

By Nathan Ryan
11 January 2011 02:37PM EST

SYDNEY FC face fifth-placed Melbourne this Saturday, with defender Matthew Jurman ready to play despite having a fence collapse on his leg.

With the match winning goal from striker Juho Makela making it two on the trot for the Blue Bags, securing a 2-0 victory over the Gold Coast, Makela ran behind the goal to celebrate with the Sydney fans.

Scenes of jubilation soon turned to concern when part of the stadium fence collapsed onto the leg of 21-year-old defender Jurman.

“My ankles alright it’s just swollen up a bit, I’m thankful that it’s alright,” he said.

“All the fans were pretty excited at the time and it was just a freak accident, it could have happened to anyone I guess.”

Sitting in ninth on the A-League ladder, Sydney are desperate for a win over the Victory when the two sides face off at the SFS on Saturday.

“It’s a massive game for us,” Jurman told 2KY.

“We need to get a win and Melbourne obviously needs to get a win as well so hopefully we get a big crowd.”

Although Sydney has won two in a row, coach Vitezslav Lavicka has been under constant scrutiny however the Wollongong junior says his coach is showing no signs of pressure.

“I think Vit has been the same all through the season, every coach goes through ups and downs and I guess this is a down at the moment,” Jurman said.

“All the boys are right behind him.

“Everyone’s a bit positive in the last couple of weeks because we’ve had a couple of wins.”

Jurman’s representative career has already begun appearing for the Young Socceroos at the 2008 AFC Youth Championships and the 2010 FIFA U20 World Cup in Egypt and he has aspirations to play overseas.

“I’m in the Ollyroos at the moment and we’ve got the Olympics not next year but the year after and that’s my goal for the moment to be in that,” he said.

“Every young footballer when they start playing thinks about playing overseas for the big clubs and that’s still a dream of mine

“There are scouts everywhere these days, if you’re lucky... playing well, there might be a chance.”

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