Murdocca ready for Reds

Massimo Murdocca is ready to answer the call from Brisbane Roar and make his long-awaited return to the Hyundai A-League against Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Massimo Murdocca is ready to answer the call from Brisbane Roar and make his long-awaited return to the Hyundai A-League against Adelaide United at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

Following two and a half matches with the club-s youth team, the midfield workhorse said he was still pushing his way back to match fitness from a broken ankle but was hopeful of a place on the Roar bench.

After a minor knock to the same ankle two weeks ago delayed his return, Murdocca was understandably desperate to avoid any more setbacks and play some part against the Reds.

“To say I-m dying to get out there is an understatement,” he said.

“I think it-s time to step up and try to go that next level now. I-ve played three games in the youth now and feel comfortable with the ankle.

“The match fitness has still got to get there but I think I-ll benefit more from the A-League games.

“If I can get some time off the bench, hopefully starting this week - that-s up to (coach) Ange(Postecoglou) I guess - I-ll be putting my hand up for sure.”

Postecoglou said Murdocca-s return would provide a “massive boost” to the team as they look to force their way into the top six.

“He definitely brings a buzz to the team,” the Brisbane boss said.

“When you-ve got a player like that in your team it just allows other players to focus on the attacking aspects of the game. It-d be great to have him back.”

The Roar mainstay said he was keen to lend a helping hand to his team mates who look to be recovering from a difficult start to the campaign with some solid results in the past five outings.

“The main thing for me is to get out there and try and get my match fitness up but ultimately at the end of the day I want to help the team improve and get higher up the ladder,” he said.

Sergio van Dijk and Luke DeVere are also expected to be available for the Adelaide match having overcome minor knocks in last weekend-s draw against Perth.

However, Tommy Oar remains a concern for Postecoglou, who rated the flying winger - 18 today - a 50-50 chance of playing after rolling is ankle in the match on Sunday.

Brisbane Roar-s match against Adelaide United kicks off at 8pm on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium. Tickets are available through Ticketek, click here for details.