Gameiro backs teammate Antonis

Sydney FC’s Terry Antonis controls the ball in an A-League match against Melbourne Victory. Picture: GETTY IMAGESFOOTBALL

Injured Sydney FC star Corey Gameiro says he has no doubt teammate Terry Antonis is ready for the international stage.

Antonis is the Sky Blues only representative in the Socceroos’ Asian Cup squad and is set to make his debut in green and gold when the tournament begins this month.

It means the 21-year-old won’t be available when Sydney FC take on the Newcastle Jets at WIN Stadium on Saturday.

But Gameiro believes Antonis will be well suited by the step up to International level.

“Terry has been excellent. People don’t understand how good Terry is,” Gameiro said.

“The things he does at training, his technical ability, there is no question in my mind that he should be playing for the Socceroos.”

With Antonis out for the month of January and the Sky Blues already missing four players to season ending injuries, the glamour club’s squad will be tested in the New Year.

Gameiro, who tore his ACL in November, was joined on the sidelines by Ali Abbas, Nick Carle and Sasa Ognenovski for the remainder of the campaign when they suffered injuries last month.

Nevertheless, the Port Kembla junior is confident the Sky Blues have a squad capable of covering the losses.

“We have a very, very good squad. People don’t even realise because they don’t see players who aren’t playing,” Gameiro said.

“There are players there who can come in and do a job. Arnie was massive about that in preseason and in the first week he said he was so impressed with how talented the squad is.

“It wasn’t just the starting 11 it was a squad of 20 where he had to find the starting 11.”‘

Regardless, it seems almost certain the Sky Blues will more than likely make some moves in the transfer window to cover the losses.

They had been considered a big chance to win the competition at the beginning of the year and have long occupied a place in the competition’s top six.

“I still think the team we have still have the confidence to go on and win it,” Gameiro said.

“The league this year is very open. You can see Melbourne Victory is a team to beat this year, Perth have shown they have some real quality. Adelaide have shown they could be there at the end and even Wellington.

“It is open to anyone but I still feel the way Arnie is with the players, the way he coaches, his structure and tactical awareness for players … I still think we are going to be a team who will be up there at the end.”

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