Murdocca measures comeback trail
Massimo Murdocca says he wants to be able to “dominate” Brisbane Roar’s games in the National Youth League before making his long-awaited return to the Hyundai A-League.
Massimo Murdocca says he wants to be able to “dominate” Brisbane Roar-s games in the National Youth League before making his long-awaited return to the Hyundai A-League.
The tireless midfielder returned from a broken leg to play the first half in Roar Youth-s defeat to the Central Coast Mariners on Saturday and is set for another run at Ballymore on Sunday.
The return could see Murdocca on track for a return as early as the match against Wellington on November 29, but he admitted that could be slightly overambitious.
However the 25-year-old said he had plenty of reasons to be positive after Saturday.
“It was good to get back out there after five months being out,” he said.
“The first pass wasn-t too good but in general the whole half went pretty well, knocking a few balls around and making a few runs.
“It-s just going to take a bit of time now but I was pretty happy with the way I went.
“Hopefully next weekend I can play a good 60 minutes and try and build for a solid 90 minutes.”
Murdocca will play no part in Roar Youth-s home match against the Australian Institute of Sport on Wednesday, but will continue to train ahead with the first team ahead of the weekend-s match.
Although he has been taking full part in the training sessions - including an intense hit-out in the heat this morning - Murdocca admitted he needed plenty of match time to help him return to full fitness.
“A game is always a different story so the more games I can play I think the better it will be for me,” he said.
“Obviously the pace (in the youth league) is a little bit slower so that-s another thing I-ve got to take into consideration as well.
“If I-m not playing 90 minutes in the youth there-s no way I-ll be ready for the seniors so I really have to be dominating the youth before I can come back and play at least a half for the seniors.”
However, with Brisbane ending a difficult run to claim four points in the past two outings, Murdocca said he was no longer anxious about rushing back into the squad.
“It just makes you put everything into perspective that there are another 11 players that can play and they can do the job,” he said.
“The priority for me now is to make sure the leg is 100 per cent before I come back - there-s no point coming back too early.”
Brisbane Roar Youth play the AIS this Wednesday at Ballymore (kick-off 3pm), before taking on Melbourne Victory at the same venue on Sunday.
Hyundai A-League action returns to Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, with Brisbane taking on Melbourne at 6pm (click here for tickets).