Rested Roar raring to go as skipper returns from injury

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After a much needed break, Warren Moon says Brisbane Roar and captain Tom Aldred will be fresh and ready ahead of their vital clash on Friday night.

The sixth-placed Roar remain in finals contention after what has been one of the closest A-League seasons in recent memory. They will be looking to secure three points when they face the Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.

And their finals push has received a much needed boost with Aldred set to return from a hamstring injury, which has kept him out of action since their April 16 clash against Western Sydney Wanderers.

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“I think we will see Tom [Aldred] travel with the squad so that means he’ll play some minutes in the match,” Moon confirmed.

The side is coming off a busy schedule of matches which has seen them play six times in the space of three weeks and included trips to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

The most recent match which ended in a 1-0 defeat to Adelaide United disappointed Moon who believed his side could have won with the chances they had.

“Disappointed we lost and we felt like we had moments in that match to get something out of it but now we’ve freshened up some key players going in to Newcastle tomorrow night,” he said.

Despite the loss Moon was thankful for the much needed relief from what has been a difficult season for both players and staff.

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“I think a much needed break for everyone, not just the players but the staff as well,” he said.

“It gives us a chance to freshen up and try and reassess going into a big couple of games for us.”

The Jets will be hoping for a victory to drag themselves off the bottom of the ladder with only one point separating them and Melbourne Victory.

Despite being winless in their past 13 matches, including their last six at home, Moon will not take the Jets lightly in what he said would be a highly contested match.

“I think they’ve had their struggles result wise but if you look at every game they’ve played in, bar maybe a couple, they’ve been in almost all of them,” he said.

“We are going to be have to be at our best to get a result that’s for sure.”

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Angus Brien
Covering Brisbane Roar A-League and W-League matches during the 2020/2021 season. Currently studying Journalism at Queensland University of Technology. Big sports fan and lover of football.

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