Melbourne City midfielder Luke Brattan is confident star man Tim Cahill's departure won't affect the side's fortunes.
Cahill and City parted ways on Wednesday morning, with the club refusing to speak to media in the aftermath.
Brattan was the first City representative to speak to media when he fronted on Thursday afternoon at an appearance.
"I found out the morning everyone else did," Brattan said.
"We came into training, Timmy sat the boys down and had a word to us about it.
"The reaction has been positive. He's a massive player, he's a massive part of our change-rooms.
"He said himself he doesnt want to be a distraction. It's all focus on Sunday."
City coach Warren Joyce didn't speak on Wednesday, but will front up for his weekly pre-game press conference on Friday.
Joyce had only used Cahill as a bit-part player this season, but is the club's biggest name, so the City boss will be asked questions about his reasons for not using the Socceroo as much as the player desired.
Brattan insisted Cahill's departure will not affect the side, given the 38-year-old has barely been used this season.
"Tim has been away a lot and we dealt with that pretty well," Brattan said.
"We won the first four and he was away for a couple of them.
"We're focusing on the players we have and the game on the weekend.
"We've got enough firepower up front to do a lot of damage."