All or nothing for Glory

Perth coach Dave Mitchell has conceded time is running out for the Glory if it's to make a late charge at the top four.

Perth coach Dave Mitchell has conceded time is running out for the Glory if it's to make a late charge at the top four.

With just nine matches of the campaign remaining, the Glory are going into a make-or-break run of two home matches that could prove pivotal to its chances of an inaugural finals berth.

However, those clashes are against the free-scoring Central Coast followed by competition leader Melbourne, with Mitchell conceding the next two weeks could define Perth's season.

"It's not make or break but its getting close to it," Mitchell said after training on Friday.

"It's a big game and as we go on, we're running out of games, so it'd be nice to get the three points and stabilise a little bit at home for the run in."

"I thought we performed ever so well last week and didn't get any reward for it so it just compounds the situation tomorrow."

"(But) at home we've been doing well, the crowds have been great, they've got behind us and we want to show a bit of faith in them and put a good game under our belts."

"So we'll be going out to attack and I think the good thing is the Mariners wont be sitting back either, they'll be attacking and it'll be blow for blow and hopefully we win on the count."

The Glory's defence could be boosted for Saturday's encounter with the Mariners - the Hyundai A-League's highest-scoring side with 24 goals - by the return of club veteran Jamie Harnwell to centre back.

Harnwell looks likely to take Dino Djulbic's position, with Djulbic moved into his more customary left-back role as a replacement for the injured Naum Sekulovski, who did not complete training.

Brazilian playmaker Amaral has also been named in the squad but Mitchell concedes he's unlikely to play with a knee injury, although crafty left winger Nick Rizzo is available following a week's absence with groin soreness.

Mitchell also said he was sorry to lose English midfielder James Robinson from the side after it was reported on Friday he had signed for the North Queensland Fury for next season.

After playing 18 matches for the Glory last season, Robinson has been limited to three appearances in 2008-09 with a serious abdominal injury.

"Robbo's, he's a player that's probably under estimated by a lot of people you know," Mitchell said.

"Unfortunately we haven't had the best time this year 'cause of his injury and that's unfortunate for the start of the season he was performing very well and he was going to be an integral part of our team and we've lost him."