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Luis Garcia to make A-League debut off bench

January 22, 2016

SYDNEY (AP) — Former Liverpool player Luis Garcia is likely to start from the bench when he makes his A-League debut on Saturday for the Central Coast Mariners against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

The 37-year-old Garcia, who played his last competitive match almost a year ago, looked fresh and fit when he trained with the Mariners for the first time Friday in heavy rain.

The former Spain international said he was nervous before training with his new teammates for the first time. Soaked after the 90-minute session, he joked “they told me it was nice weather here.”

Mariners coach Tony Walmsley said he would likely hand Francesco Stella an A-League debut in the No.10 jersey Saturday and Garcia would come off the bench as his workload was carefully managed.

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