Brattan battles back

After two weeks out of action with illness, Brisbane Roar youngster Luke Brattan is being cautious not to rush his comeback into the squad despite his frustration at missing out on precious game time.

After two weeks out of action with illness, Brisbane Roar youngster Luke Brattan is being cautious not to rush his comeback into the squad despite his frustration at missing out on precious game time.

Brattan made two substitute appearances in the opening rounds against Gold Coast United and Sydney FC before falling unwell and says he is taking care in training so as not to prolong the effects.

This week, the English-born central defender has taken part in the early activities in training and sitting out the more strenuous parts that followed.

“I feel alright and I want to do full training but I was sick two weeks ago,” he said.

“I came back and did full training and got sick again so I just don-t want to risk it.”

Watching from the sidelines does not sit well with the 20-year-old, saying he is eager to recover and make his comeback soon.

“It was a little bit frustrating but I knew I couldn-t do anything,” he said. “Although playing away was alright, and it was good to see the boys get a point.”

Unlikely to travel south to play Melbourne Victory on the weekend, Brattan still thought Brisbane could take it to last year-s grand finalists.

This time round however, the Victory only have one win from five matches but he insisted results this season wouldn-t factor into Sunday-s game.

“There-s never a good or bad time to play Melbourne,” the Qantas Young Socceroo said.

“You never know with them and they can come up with a surprise.

“I reckon we-ll go alright, a good field, good atmosphere, no excuses with the conditions so hopefully there are some goals scored.”

Brattan spent two years playing in the National Youth League before earning himself a three year contract to the Hyundai A-League squad.

Making his senior debut in last year-s high profile Queensland Roars Against Racism match against Scottish heavyweights Celtic FC, Brattan said his goal this season was simple.

“I want to get as many minutes in the first team as I can,” he said.

“When an opportunity comes, I just have to take it.”

Brisbane Roar face Melbourne Victory on Sunday 12 September. Kick off at AAMI Park is at 3pm.

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