Former Socceroo Simon Colosimo could be back in the Melbourne Heart FC squad for this weekend’s match against Perth Glory after making significant progress in his return from injury.
Former Socceroo Simon Colosimo could be back in the Melbourne Heart FC squad for this weekend-s match against Perth Glory after making significant progress in his return from injury.
Colosimo was ruled out of the opening match of the campaign with a calf injury, and was expected to remain on the sidelines for Sunday-s encounter at AAMI Park.
But after successfully completing a 30 minute outing in an intra-club match, Head Coach John van ‘t Schip says the defensive talisman is in contention to be named in the 15-man squad for the weekend.
He said: "Simon's looking a lot better. Last weekend he played 30 minutes with the youth team."
“He's training this week fully with us and if he progresses like he is doing now there's a chance that he could be with the squad for the game against Perth.”
The prospect of Colosimo-s return serves as a boost for the Heart, which will be looking for its opening win of the campaign in front of its home supporters.
Reigning Player of the Year Clint Bolton though remains at least a week away from a return to Hyundai A-League action.
Van ‘t Schip confirmed the glovesman will be on the sidelines this weekend as he battles against time to return for the Melbourne Derby, with Nikola Roganovic to continue his stint between the sticks.
“Nikola-s a very good goalkeeper. Losing like (we did on Saturday) is not nice, especially if you're making your first appearance," said van 't Schip.
"But we told him, 'put that behind you, you have that experience now, you know what it means to play A-League and don't worry about it, we know that you're a good goalkeeper and you showed it in the VPL (Victorian Premier League)'."