Sarkies To Make Hyundai A-League Return Tonight

Melbourne Heart FC’s Kristian Sarkies is set to make his long awaited return to senior football after he was named in the final 15-man squad for the side’s match against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park tonight.

Melbourne Heart FC-s Kristian Sarkies is set to make his long awaited return to senior football after he was named in the final 15-man squad for the side-s match against the Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park tonight.

Sarkies has been sidelined since January this year having sustained a broken leg while playing for previous club Adelaide United in the National Youth League.

But after undergoing a comprehensive injury recovery program, the Victorian midfielder has been given the green light to step onto the park for the first time in Red and White this season.

Head Coach John van ‘t Schip said Sarkies- selection is just reward for his efforts in returning to full fitness.

”Kristian-s road to recovery has been long and quite tough, and the Club is proud to see him ready to return to the Hyundai A-League this evening,” he said.

“As a capped Socceroo and Olyroo, Kristian is a player of great quality and skill, and we look forward to the contribution he will be able to make to our team moving forward.”

Dean Heffernan and Jason Hoffman have also earned a recall to the Heart squad for tonight-s match, while John Aloisi has been rested ahead of the Melbourne Derby rematch at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Melbourne Heart v Newcastle Jets Wednesday, 8 December 2010 AAMI Park, Melbourne Local kick-off: 7.00pm Referee: Peter Green Assistant referees: Luke Brennan and James Nicolopoulos Fourth official: Alex Azcurra

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1, FS1 HD and Sky Sports 1 (NZ). Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 774 ABC (Melbourne) and SEN Digital and 1233 ABC Newcastle. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Squad 1. Clint BOLTON, 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Brendan HAMILL, 4. Simon COLOSIMO, 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP, 6. Matt THOMPSON, 7. Rutger WORM, 8. Kristian SARKIES, 9. Gerald SIBON, 12. Peter ZOIS, 16. Aziz BEHICH, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 22. Nick KALMAR, 23. Dean HEFFERNAN, 25. Adrian ZAHRA