Swiss international Pirmin Schwegler is set to return for Western Sydney Wanderers despite being off contract and back in his homeland as his teammates return to training. Doubts lingered whether Western Sydney’s key midfielder would return for the remainder of the A-League season have been quashed on Thursday after the club confirmed Schwegler is set to arrive in a fortnight, despite his contract expiring on May 31.
The former Bundesliga player will return to Australia and undergo 14-days of quarantine in isolation to finish the A-League season on a severely reduced salary, despite having no obligation to do so. Wanderers’ coach Jean-Paul de Marigny says Pirmin indicated his plan to return to Sydney in early July, giving him just enough time to complete his quarantine before the Wanderers’ first game back.
While his return is a huge boost for the Wanderers’ hopes of reaching the finals, the timing of Schwegler’s arrival casts doubt over his condition for the club’s final five games. Due to the mandatory 14-day isolation period, Schwegler will have little preparation with his teammates before games resume.
“Pirmin will probably arrive a little bit later, early July. He has to solve a couple of personal situations. Once that is done, he will be on the plane,” de Marigny said. “He is committed, he wants to finish the season with his teammates, the staff and the club and it’s a credit to him. He is a top pro and a great person.