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Melbourne Victory's Thompson keen for action

Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson is working hard to get back to action following a serious knee injury sustained in last season's A-League Grand Final.

The competition's all-time leading scorer has been sidelined since March but has been on the road to recovery all year and is expecting to be back in about a month's time.

''I feel really good,'' he said yesterday. ''Hopefully I can get back by the middle of November at the earliest.

"It's only been two weeks since I have been training with the boys so I will need some solid game time in training and preparation, but I can't wait to get back into it.''

The Victory will welcome back the speedy striker with open arms as they have struggled to produce their customary free-scoring style this season although things looked much better on the weekend when they defeated arch rivals Sydney FC 3-0.

Midfielder Billy Celeski said the imminent return of Thompson, along with fellow knee victim Matthew Kemp, will be a big boost for the two-time champions later in the season.

''Matty Kemp and Archie coming back will add to the depth. They are progressing really well … They will bring a lot to the team, both are really good players and were involved in our championship team," Celeski said.

Andrew Slevison
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