Talking points: Bruno Fornaroli

Following a six-month lay off with a severe ankle injury, Bruno Fornaroli returned to action in 2018.

Despite the lengthy lay off, the striker wasted no time reminding the competition of what he is capable of. We take a look at the key moments in his 2017/18 campaign.

Emotional return

In Round 20, Melbourne City suffered a disappointing 4-0 loss to Sydney FC at AAMI Park. Despite the result, the highlight of the match was the return of star-striker Bruno Fornaroli.

Following a severe ankle injury that he suffered in the FFA Cup, Fornaroli returned to action when he was substituted on in the 64th minute. It was an emotional moment for the forward, showcasing just how much the game of football and the support from the home fans means to him.

Derby goal

Following two appearances off the bench in Round 20 and Round 21, Fornaroli’s first start for City came in the Club’s Round 22 clash against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

City was trailing 1-0 when Dario Vidosic’s attempted cross hit Leigh Broxham’s floating arm inside the area, which was deemed to be a penalty. Up stepped Fornaroli, who produced an emphatic finish from the penalty spot to send the home fans into raptures. 

Big game player

Fornaroli’s Elimination Final performance against Brisbane Roar at AAMI Park highlighted the attackers ability to perform when it counts.

The Uruguayan produced an outstanding assist for Stefan Mauk to break the deadlock, before being the catalyst behind most of City’s most threatening attacking flurries.