Western Sydney marquee signing Dario Vidosic is an unlikely starter for Thursday's A-League season-opener against Brisbane as he continues to climb back to full fitness.
The club is taking a conservative approach with the former Socceroo, who is still getting his legs back following a bizarre biking incident that curtailed his most recent overseas stint with Swiss club FC Sion.
The 28-year-old made his first appearance in the red-and-black with an unexpected 15-minute cameo in last week's FFA Cup quarter-final loss to Perth after striker Brendon Santalab suffered a quad injury in the warm-up.
And while Santalab has already been ruled out of the clash against the Roar, coach Tony Popovic is inclined to limit Vidosic to spot minutes off the bench.
"The biggest thing I need to put in my mind is just to be patient, not to overdo things," Vidosic told AAP.
"They're really looking after me, taking really good care of me.
"I'll always try and push them a little bit and do extra than I should, but they know exactly what they know to do for me.
"I'll just sit back, do the best that I can, and when the time's right, I'll be out there on the field."
The crafty midfielder described his return against the Glory as a success and was hopeful Santalab would make a quick recovery.
The veteran marksman had only just returned from twin shoulder surgeries that restricted him to just five matches since their Asian Champions League triumph last November.
"We hope he has a speedy recovery and he's back because he's a quality player that will help us at the start of the season," Vidosic said.
"But it was great to get that feeling to be out there for 15 minutes. Even though everyone was tired at that stage it made it a little bit easier for me. I felt comfortable."
Vidosic, who made his A-League debut with the Roar and also spent two seasons at Adelaide, has played 23 games for the Socceroos but has been frozen out by coach Ange Postecoglou since 2013 due to his limited playing time in Switzerland.
Now he's keen to make amends.
"But I know that'll only happen if I produce for the Wanderers," he said.