Goutzioulis in doubt

Sydney Olympic coach Branko Culina will give George Goutzioulis until Saturday to prove his fitness with the key midfielder in doubt for his side's elimination final against the Melbourne Knights at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

Sydney Olympic coach Branko Culina will give George Goutzioulis until Saturday to prove his fitness with the key midfielder in doubt for his side's elimination final against the Melbourne Knights at Parramatta Stadium on Sunday.

Goutzioulis has not trained all week and Culina said he "couldn't be too confident" the 23-year-old would play.

The midfielder's loss would prove another major blow for Olympic's attacking stocks, with the Belmore-based side already without young striker Greg Owens.

Culina won't announce who'll fill Owens' role until just before the match but is toying with using utility Damon Collina, Nick Carle or Dylan MacAllister.

The side's other injury concern is midfielder Elias Augerinos but Culina expects him to play.

Culina was travelling to Parramatta Stadium for the rugby league match tonight in the hope of gaining a better insight into the pitch conditions.

The former Sydney United mentor had been critical of Soccer Australia for designating the match to the venue.

"They've got a few (rugby league) games so it's obviously not going to be in sparkling condition," Culina said of the pitch.

"It (the pitch) should effect us more because, if anything we are better suited on a good, even surface.

"But having said that I don't think it will suit the Melbourne Knights either because they like to play football as well."

The Knights have issues of their own with captain/coach Andrew Marth forced to play a minor role in proceedings - his suspension keeping him off the playing field as well as the sidelines.

SA has ruled that Marth can only address his side from the dressing rooms, and even then he will need an escort.

The Knights will also miss veteran Lubo Lapsansky and flanker Daniel Vasilevski.

Meanwhile, the Wollongong Wolves will be hoping internal feuding doesn't ruin their chances of advancing to the grand final when they come up against minor premier South Melbourne on Sunday.

Despite a confident 2-1 first leg win in last week's match at WIN Stadium, the defending premiers have had little to celebrate with rankling over non-signings threatening to tear the club apart.

Up to nine key players have not re-signed for the Wolves with proceeds from the July/August World Club Championships believed to be a major sticking point.

While coach Ron Corry is confident the internal disruptions won't carry on to the field, the increasing scrutiny on the team will not help the Wolves' chances.

South Melbourne will go into the return leg as a strong favourite - the home side's squad looking formidable with the loss of young defender Patrick Kisnorbo to the Australian under 20 team the only significant blow.