Western Sydney coach Markus Babbel is optimistic about his club's extensive rebuild, but his veteran goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic is expected to miss the start of the next A-League season.
Janjetovic missed the Wanderers final two matches of last season due to a shoulder injury, which continues to keep the 31-year-old A-League stalwart sidelined.
Babbel said on Wednesday Janjetovic would be out for between three and six months.
Even if he was fit, Janjetovic might have battled to be first-choice goalkeeper after an up and down campaign last season.
German Babbel, who is starting his second season in charge, is overseeing a massive rebuild of the Wanderers and is optimistic about their prospects following his first bunch of new signings.
Wanderers released over ten players after a disappointing eighth-placed finish last season.
Babbel's recruiting drive has already netted two international midfielders in Swiss Pirmin Schwegler and Pole Radoslaw Majewski.
Another newcomer is 34-year Swiss goalkeeper Daniel Lopar, who has logged well over a decade of top-fight experience with St Gallen in Switzerland.
"I'm very happy with Daniel, an experienced guy who will also help the young ones to improve,'" Babbel said on Wednesday.
"I'm very happy with the players (we've signed).
"I'm very optimistic that we have a good side."
Babbel has looked to shore up a leaky defence by adding experienced Australian Dylan McGowan.
He's also looking forward to getting more games out of classy German centre back Patrick Ziegler, who made only six appearances last season, all between December and January.
"He's like a new signing for us, he hasn't played a lot in the past because of the injury, he's nearly 100 per cent," Babbel said.
McGowan and Majewski won't arrive for two more weeks, but all of the Wanderers new signings are a chance of playing against English club Leeds United in the Wanderers' first game at their new Bankwest Stadium home on July 20.
Australian Associated Press