Maclaren aiming to keep scoreboard ticking over for Roar
BRISBANE Roar striker Jamie Maclaren is ready to make a strong return to the A-League against Melbourne City at Suncorp Stadium tonight, despite only recently returning from two games for the Olyroos.
The Australian under-23 side faced Qatar and Iran, with Maclaren scoring against Iran in Dubai on Monday.
"Most of us have got used to it," Maclaren said of the travel and short turnarounds. "You've just got to get on with it."
Maclaren's goal against Iran continued the 22-year-old's hot streak after he found the back of the net against Adelaide United, in the 3-0 win for the first-placed team, on October 31.
"It's good to find the back of the net," he said. "I want to keep that form going. I want to continue it through until the end of the season."
Roar captain and midfielder Matt McKay should also be available after playing for the Socceroos in their 4-0 World Cup qualifier victory over Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday night.
That will set up an intriguing battle with City midfielder Aaron Mooy, whose form this season has been sublime and was outstanding for Australia in its win.
"I'll make a decision tomorrow morning and I'll see how he (McKay) feels after a better night's sleep ... I'll make a decision after that," Roar coach John Aloisi said.
"Matty will be involved (in the game). (But for) how long, we don't know yet."
Aloisi added Thomas Broich and Daniel Bowles would be fit to play despite suffering minor injuries in Sunday's 1-0 win over Perth Glory.
That means Jean Carlos Solorzano (hamstring) and Luke DeVere (quadriceps) are the only players sidelined in a highly competitive squad which holds the outright A-League lead.
Defender James Donachie has also recovered from a thigh injury but did not get any game time against the Glory.
"Three players were out (Olyroos Maclaren and Corey Brown, and Socceroo McKay) and we managed to put out a team stronger (in the 1-0 win over Perth) than the 11 we've always had," Maclaren said.
"It's great to have those players coming back. We've still got Luke DeVere and James Donachie to come back as well. There's a lot of talent in the squad."
One man who did make an impact off the bench against the Glory - besides goal-scorer Henrique who also returned from a long-term knee injury - was Javier Hervas.
The Spanish import created the assist for Henrique with his first touch in the A-League in the 74th minute.
Aloisi said he was still struggling for match fitness, but was set to again come on late against City, the team Aloisi was unceremoniously sacked from following an A-League record winless streak.
"He'll be in the squad. He proved last week that he can at least play 20 minutes," Aloisi said.