Melbourne City star Florin Berenguer closing in on return

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Creative midfielder Florin Berenguer has returned to Melbourne City’s match squad after an extended absence.

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The Frenchman last saw the pitch in Melbourne City’s grand final loss to Western United on May 28 last year.

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Berenguer had been participating in individual rehab training sessions but suffered an injury setback just prior to the World Cup break.

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During this time, City’s medical team were aiming for Berenguer to be ready for Melbourne City’s first game back against Sydney FC on December 10 last year. However, Berenguer’s recovery took longer than they expected.

Prior to Melbourne City’s away trip to Wellington, Melbourne City manager Rado Vidosic discussed the squad’s availability for the game against the Phoenix.

“He [Berenguer] has joined the training with the squad so he is probably a few weeks away from being available for selection. Everyone else is good to go,” said Vidosic.

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Berenguer has been an asset to Melbourne City’s attack for the last four years now. Prior to his injury last season, the 33-year-old provided five goals and five assists for the team.

Surprisingly, Berenguer was added to the match squad for Melbourne City’s second clash of the season against Western United set for January 7 despite Vidosic’s assessment.

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It remains to be seen how much of a role Berenguer will have in the upcoming fixture, but the most likely option will be a brief cameo off the bench as the club won’t want to risk any re-aggravating of the injury.

Even once fully fit, it is going to be a difficult task for Berenguer to break into the starting 11, considering the success of teammates Valon Berisha and Richard van der Venne, who have both been outstanding this season.

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Despite this, with Melbourne City looking to win their second championship in club history, having the talent of Berenguer back in the lineup is a tremendous boost to City’s chances.

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Football Fanatic. Journalism student hoping to make this a career. Covering Melbourne City for the 22/23 A-Leagues season.

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