Danish international midfielder Thomas Kristensen says he will be better for the game time he received in the second half of Sunday’s Hyundai A-League clash against Melbourne Victory.
It was Kristensen’s first minutes of the season after being sidelined throughout the early stages of the campaign, but after pulling up without complaint, he’s ready to continue his progression back to full match fitness against Perth Glory tomorrow night.
“When you’ve been out for so long, you really listen to your body. I was really happy to get through the match without any complaint,” Kristensen said.
At the moment I’m focusing on getting back to full fitness and all the minutes I get will help that progression.”
The Roar will be looking to bounce back from Sunday night’s defeat against the Victory against the sixth-placed Glory, who haven’t won at Suncorp Stadium since December 2012.
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Head Coach John Aloisi says his squad are taking confidence into the clash after a strong second half on Sunday.
“We’re looking to get a win tomorrow night, as we are every week. It’s an important game at home for us,” Aloisi said.
“We’re really positive about our second half against the Victory so we’re going into this game with confidence.
“The boys recovered well, which is important, and we have some fresh players to come in as well.”
Those players include attacking forces Nick D’Agostino and Corey Gameiro as well key defender Luke DeVere, with Kristensen also set to play a longer role.
“There are quite a few players who are coming back in. I thought Kristensen made a great impact when he came on,” Aloisi said.
“He’s a top player and it makes it easier for a lot of other players around him because he is just so good on the ball.”
The Glory have had a number of key players return to the field in recent weeks including former Johnny Warren medallist Diego Castro and are entering the game on the back of their third win of the season over the Phoenix last round.
“They have a few injuries too but their younger boys have stepped us just like ours have. It will be a good game but we know how difficult it is for them to come here, this heat can take a lot out of the opposition,” Aloisi said.
Hyundai A-League Round 12: Brisbane Roar FC v Perth Glory
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Thursday, 21 December
6:50pm QLD time
Brisbane Roar squad: 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Daniel BOWLES, 5.Corey BROWN, 7.Thomas KRISTENSEN, 8.Jacob PEPPER, 9.Massimo MACCARONE, 11.Corey GAMEIRO, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 16.Mitchell OXBORROW, 17.Matt MCKAY (c), 19.Jack HINGERT, 21.Jamie YOUNG (gk), 24.Connor O’TOOLE, 25.Rahmat AKBARI, 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO, 31.Brendan WHITE (gk), 33.Petros SKAPETIS, 36.Daniel LECK **two to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Luke DEVERE (promoted), 11.Corey GAMEIRO (promoted), 26.Nick D’AGOSTINO (promoted)
Outs: 77.Ivan FRANJIC (quad – 2 weeks)
Perth Glory squad: 2.Alex GRANT, 4.Shane LOWRY (c), 5.Jacob POSCOLIERO, 6.Mitch NICHOLS, 7.Joel CHIANESE, 9.Andy KEOGH, 13 Nick FEELY (gk), 14.Chris HAROLD, 15.Brandon WILSON, 16.Joseph MILLS, 17.Diego CASTRO, 18. Andreu GUERAO, 19.Joe KNOWLES, 20.Jake BRIMMER, 24.Callum TIMMINS, 29.Jeremy WALKER, 33.Liam REDDY (gk), 34.Yagoub MUSTAFA **two to be omitted**
Ins: 2.Alex GRANT (returns from injury), 9.Andy KEOGH (returns from injury), 24.Callum TIMMINS (promoted), 34.Yagoub MUSTAFA (promoted)
Outs: 26.Jacob ITALIANO (omitted), 27.Riley WARLAND (omitted)