Vidmar unfazed by Owusu trial

Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has little interest in Lloyd Owusu's trial with a Chinese Super League club but admitted the striker may still be in the team's plans if he decided to return to Hindmarsh Stadium.

Adelaide United coach Aurelio Vidmar has little interest in Lloyd Owusu's trial with a Chinese Super League club but admitted the striker may still be in the team's plans if he decided to return to Hindmarsh Stadium.

Owusu, who was named in the Reds' Asian Champions League squad, left for China on Sunday and is out to display his wares with Guangzhou this week.

Vidmar said he was happy enough to release the former Ghana international for a trial but was more focussed on his team's upcoming match against Wellington Phoenix than the striker's progress overseas.

"He's had a friendly game, that's all I know, he's played about 55-60 minutes so besides that I really don't know much," Vidmar said.

"I've had other things to worry about instead of worrying about how Lloyd's trial is going."

Vidmar said it wasn't ideal for Owusu to leave at this stage of the season but added the Reds could work around him during the upcoming ACL if he decided to make the move to China.

"We can change (the ACL squad) up to a week before the game against Pohang, we can make any changes we want," he said.

Vidmar was reluctant to elaborate on Owusu's future but his comments suggested he'd be back in the Red shirt if the Chinese trial was unsuccessful.

"Those discussions are between myself and Lloyd and once again they'll stay between myself and Lloyd unless he wants to divulge any information," he said.

"We know where we are at with him, he knows where he is at with us and we'll wait and see what happens. If nothing comes out of the trial then he's back here because he's got another year to go on his contract."

Owusu's absence along with the ongoing battle with injuries for Alemao, Cassio, Mark Rudan, Mark Birighitti and Paul Reid have dented United's chances of beating the Phoenix on Saturday night.

United have included National Youth League regulars Frankie Monterosso, Evan Kostopoulos and reserve goalkeeper Nick Munro for the trip to New Zealand.

"My hands have been tied in needing to bring in some young kids so we've done that but that's fine," Vidmar said.

"They are young, they are enthusiastic and I think it gives them a little bit of experience as well and Evan and Nick, they are part of the ACL squad anyway so it gives them a little bit of experience of what actually happens when we go away."

Vidmar said the team was keen to finish off the Hyundai A-League season with three strong performances after a frustrating year.

The third-year coach admitted even his approach this year could come under fire given the team's performance.

"You try to be as uncompromising as possible and sometimes you do lose your way a little bit. At some stages this year I probably deviated in areas I probably shouldn't have but we are back on track," he said.

"Although we haven't been getting the results, if you have a look at last week's game, 30 seconds into the game it (the goal) puts a knife into your heart."