Brisbane Roar midfielder Thomas Kristensen said every minute of playing time is valuable for him following his second-half substitute appearance against Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

Kristensen played his first minutes of the season in the Roar’s 2-1 loss to last season’s grand finalists when he replaced Mitchell Oxborrow midway through the second half.

Prior to Sunday’s match the former Danish international had not played since the Roar’s 5-1 FFA Cup loss to Melbourne Victory on August 9.

A hamstring injury suffered in training shortly after that match had kept Kristensen sidelined for four months.

Without the 34-year-old enforcer, Roar’s midfield has struggled with the side languishing in ninth.

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Kristensen said he will be better for the minutes he received in the weekend’s match, one which he played with a slightly different focus than usual.

“I hate losing but that wasn’t my main concern, when I came on the pitch, I really wanted to win but when you’ve been out that long you’re really listening to your body,” he said.

“Like what will happen to me when somebody kicks me or I get into the first tackle so I was happy to get through it without any problems but then I was angry that we didn’t win.”

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After making a positive impact on the side in his half hour spell on Sunday, Kristensen is tipped to be thrown into the starting 11 for Thursday’s match against Perth Glory.

Kristensen said he wasn’t looking to push himself too hard too fast nor would he put any extra pressure on John Aloisi to include him in the side.

“You want to progress every week, but when you’ve been out for a while you need to listen to your body especially with the weather we’re having at the moment, I’m not used to that either.”

“We’ll have to take it week by week, I’m not putting myself on the team sheet, he’ll ask me if he wants me to start and if he wants to put me on the bench that’s solely his choice.”

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Kristensen said while this campaign had been a frustrating one for his side they still held a strong belief that they could push higher up the ladder.

“Of course it’s frustrating, especially when you look at the clubs history and what they’re used to,” he admitted.

“But we also need to look at the fact that in many other years we’d probably be way off but this year there’s like three teams a little bit ahead but then I think we’re four points from fourth spot so there’s still a lot to play for.”

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Currently studying a Bachelor of Digital Media and Communication at Southern Cross University, Thibault is a digital content editor at Gold Coast City and works as a football correspondent for APN Newspapers. Olympique Lyon and Socceroos fan, passionate about the growth of football in Australia.