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Kemp set for Melbourne Victory return

Melbourne Victory have received a boost with news that defender Matthew Kemp is set to return to the first team squad this weekend.

The former Adelaide United man has been out of action since the start of February with a serious knee injury but has worked his way back to fitness with a few games in the Victory's youth team recently.

Victory coach Ernie Merrick said Kemp, along with Thai defender Surat Sukha, were close to making the trip to Wellington on the weekend past but should now be right to saddle up against league leaders Brisbane Roar on Friday night.

"They were close to going to Wellington, but we decided we wanted to get another 90 minutes into them in the youth league," Merrick said.

"But they're due to come back into the side and they're a couple of quality players. They're ready to go."

Merrick said that Kemp will be used in his customary left-back role and was looking forward to his return.

"We can play Kempy or Surat on the flank," he added. "I think we're best keeping Kempy in that job. He's a very good full back or wingback and they're boys we need to have in the squad if we're to keep our form up."

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