Sydney FC skipper Alessandro Del Piero has confirmed the lower back injury that saw him miss the second half of Sunday's 2-1 win over Melbourne Heart is nothing serious.
The 39-year-old ignited an otherwise dour first half with a brilliant individual goal in the 43rd minute but told coach Frank Farina he was unable to continue due to lower-back tightness at the interval.
It was the third time the Italian maestro has failed to complete a match this season due to injury, while he has missed another two of the Sky Blues' 10 games.
But Del Piero is confident his ageing body won't continue to fail him and is still hopeful of playing in Sunday's Round 11 clash against Wellington Phoenix.
"It's nothing serious, I will train tomorrow and Friday and the we'll see what is the best thing for Sunday, but there's no damage, only small things," Del Piero said at a press conference to launch the Summer of Football at Bondi on Tuesday.
The Phoenix clash will be the first of three games in 13 days for the Sky Blues.
Asked how many minutes of the three fixtures he plans to play, the veteran replied: "270, I really don't know. First of all I and we don't want to think too much far away from the next game.
"The focus has to be the Phoenix game on Sunday because we have to realise step by step what happens around us, not only for me but for other players ... a lot of us will probably play all the games but I don't know, this is a trouble for Frank, not for me."
Del Piero was equally coy when asked if he has thought about his plans beyond the current A-League season amid speculation he is unhappy and planning a move in the January transfer window.
"(Will I play with Sydney FC for) another time (season)? I don't know. At the moment I'm really focused about our season because this is what I want to change between last season and this one, the result on the field and the result for the team," he said.
"I don't want to think about anything away from this at the moment."
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