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Brosque set for Sydney return

Alex Brosque is set to return to action when Sydney FC takes on the Newcastle Jets in Round 24 of the A-League on Sunday. The 26-year old striker has missed the past two outings due to a groin strain he sustained whilst training with the Australian national team in early January but should be right to tackle the Jets and he says he cannot wait.

"It is always hard to watch from the sidelines. It was a frustrating loss last week but we are very hungry to turn that around against Newcastle," Brosque said.

"I have had a good week at training so it will be great to back out on the park again. I was feeling good late last week but we gave it another weeks rest and I am ready to go."

Brosque is aware of the Jets' recent form of six wins from eight matches, which includes a 3-1 win over the Sky Blues, and understands his side needs to be right on their game to get a positive result at EnergyAustralia Stadium.

"It was a good wakeup call when they beat us 3-1 last time. We spoke about it and on their (Newcastle) day they are a very good side," Brosque added.

"They have run into some very good form and we need to be 100% on our game and bounce back well if we are going to get the points.

"We have checked out how they attack and defend and defensively they are very well organised, they get a lot of numbers back and make it difficult to attack against them and they play a real counter attacking game.

"They have some quality players. Michael Bridges holds the ball up well and can create something out of nothing. Players like Rooney, Haliti and Song run off him well.

"They get forward as a team well. They are very solid at the back.

"If the Gold Coast doesn't get the points tonight we will be challenging for top spot again and that is where we want to be."

Andrew Slevison
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