Sydney FC to nurse de Jong through season

Sydney FC coach Steve Corica is wary of overtaxing his injury-prone marquee Siem de Jong, as the Sky Blues head into a season-defining stretch.

De Jong has started just ten of Sydney's 26 A-League games and played the full match on just two occasions.

He's scored four goals and tallied a couple of assists and his classy touch on the ball has been evident, but Sydney fans hold their breath every time he climbs gingerly off the turf after a heavy foul.

Most recently he was substituted in last Tuesday's Asian Champions League game against Shanghai SIPG in China.

Corica said de Jong stared to cramp up and wasn't injured, but he is being rested from Saturday's A-League game in Newcastle.

He will try to nurse the former Dutch international, Ajax captain and English Premier League player through a critical next few weeks, in which both Sydney's A-League and Asian Champions League fates will be decided.

"He's had his fair share of injuries this year and we don't want to push him too much," Corica said.

"We need to keep him fit because when he's fit, he's obviously doing a good job for the team.

"He's creating goals, he's scoring goals. The more game time he can get the better, but we also need to keep him on the park.

"We don't want to put too much stress or pressure him and then he's going to get injured because this is an important time now for us.

'He's missed a lot of the season already and I want him available for the semi-finals and finals coming up."

One Sydney import who definitely doesn't want to be rested against Newcastle is their leading scorer Adam Le Fondre.

The Englishman has led the Golden Boot race for most of the season, but enters the final round, two behind Wellington's Roy Krishna, who bagged a hat-trick last week.

"I told him he's got 60 minutes to score three goals, so he wasn't too happy with that," Corica joked.

He praised the former English Premier League goal poacher for his work rate and defensive efforts as well as for prolific goal output which has reached 21 across all competitions

Krishna has been linked to Sydney, but Corica said it was too early to talk about recruiting for next season.

"He's had a great season with goalscoring, we'll see after the season ends."