Victory star given all clear for trip to Kawasaki

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Melbourne Victory’s playmaker Leroy George has shaken off an injury concern from the second half of Victory’s 2-1 derby win against Melbourne City on Saturday night.

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The Dutchman limped off the field gingerly and given the short turnaround coupled with the travel to Japan, Victory will be relieved that George is ready to contribute in a crucial match against Kawasaki Frontale. Victory are looking to keep their AFC Champions League hopes alive with Kawasaki eager to get off the mark as well.

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Victory have landed in Japan where they have been able to get used to the conditions and the squad will train in preparation for game day. Goalkeeper Lawrence Thomas spoke about how exciting it is that George has pulled up well and able to give Victory a massive boost as they look to qualify past the group stage.

“Leroy’s travelled, he’s been his usual chirpy dancing self so he’s travelled well,” said Thomas.

“I haven’t seen anything too different from him so he looks fit.

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When George is playing he is clearly the vital link for creativity and can definitely give Asian opponents plenty of headaches in attack.

Thomas is optimistic that George can reproduce the form he showed from Victory’s opening group stage fixture against Ulsan Hyundai where the Dutchman netted twice and assisted Rhys Williams’ header from a pinpoint free-kick delivery in an entertaining 3-3 draw.

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“He’s huge, one of the players that can change the game by himself,” said Thomas.

“He’s travelled, he’s fit and looking happy so expect to see him out there Wednesday night.”

It will be a tight contest against a Kawasaki side who will provide a great challenge for the visiting Victory. Both teams are winless to start their Champions League campaign but Thomas knows that it won’t be easy facing a proven Japanese outfit.

“I’m expecting a lot of quality, they won the J-League last year so that pretty much says everything,” he said.

“Both teams haven’t picked up too many points so far in this group so it’s a massive game for both teams.”

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