Familiar faces return for Adelaide United

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Adelaide United will welcome back two stars of last year’s premiership triumph for the crucial clash against Brisbane Roar this Sunday.

Sergio Cirio and Michael Marrone have both been named in Gui Amor’s squad to take on the fourth placed Roar, after both recovered from serious injury.

Livewire midfielder Cirio was sidelined in the second round of the season against Western Sydney Wanderers when a brutal sliding challenge from Jack Clisby seriously injured his knee. He has not played any football since going off injured early in the fixture, but has been training well with the club

Marrone’s return follows his torn Achilles in last season’s Grand Final and marks his resurrection as a key defender in Amor’s plans.

However, with Tarek Elrich and Ben Garrucio putting in a number of solid performances for their side in recent weeks, it’s hard to see Marrone breaking into the starting line-up.

It’s not all good news for the Reds though, with experienced midfield Isaias staying in Adelaide following a suspension for receiving five yellow cards. Isaias is a crucial cog in the Reds’ midfield, playing an important part in Adelaide’s maiden win of the season last week against Wellington Phoenix.

Late in the first half Isaias laid the ball back for super-striker Henrique following a set-piece, who buried his second of the game from distance. The move bamboozled the Phoenix defence and helped lift United off the bottom of the A-League ladder.

The other returning member of the Reds outfit is coach Gui Amor. The Spaniard will take to the pines at Suncorp following his two-match ban for making physical contact with a match official against Perth Glory in Round 7.

Amor, who some deemed was harshly treated by the league’s governing body, was left to watch from the stands as his assistant led the side in the last two rounds of the competition.

With momentum behind the side following its impressive win last week, the return of Marrone and Cirio, and the coach back at the helm, Adelaide United has given itself every chance of ruining Brisbane’s 11-match unbeaten run at Suncorp in matches between the two sides.

If the three points do come back to Coopers Stadium, Adelaide United could be a force to be reckoned with yet in this A-League season.

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