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Melbourne Victory's Celeski on the road to recovery

Melbourne Victory midfielder Billy Celeski is back on deck and looking to return to action sooner rather than later.

The 24-year old ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament a little more than seven months ago but was back on the pitch yesterday at Olympic Park in a scratch match with the Victory.

Celeski's recovery is coming along that well he is even eyeing a return to proper game time if the Victory can somehow break the shackles in the Asian Champions League group stage and qualify for the Round of 16 which kicks off on May 16.

''If we do go through, fingers crossed, maybe I can get on the bench somehow and take it from there,'' Celeski said.

''My recovery's going to take as long as it needs. The May game is the goal but it's not something that's going to be disappointing for me if I don't play in.''

And Celeski added that his experience with his knee injury has allowed him to help rcent knee victims Matthew Kemp and Archie Thompson.

''I've been on the phone with Archie quite a bit since he's done his [ACL] and just telling him [I know] that pain he's feeling and what he's going through mentally it's all normal. Those two boys have used me as a bit of a sounding board just to get them by," he added.

Andrew Slevison
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