Leckie cleared to play for Adelaide United

The A-League’s leading goalscorer Mathew Leckie has been cleared to play for his club this weekend.

The A-League’s leading goalscorer Mathew Leckie has been cleared to play for his club this weekend.

The Adelaide United star has been in camp with the Young Socceroos this week as they prepare for the AFC U19 Championships in China next month but has been granted leave, along with reserve goalkeeper Mark Birighitti, to play against Perth Glory tomorrow night.

The decision has delighted Reds coach Rini Coolen who rates Leckie as a very important player in his line-up.

“We worked it out a couple of days ago (how we would line up without Leckie) but then we heard the news that he was available, so that was the reason we didn’t have to change something in the last training session,” Coolen said.

“I’m real happy. You want to play with the whole team that you played with in the last couple of weeks, and Leckie was in it and an important player for us.

“At the start of the week we thought we couldn’t play with him, but something changed in the last couple of days…so he can play tomorrow.

“He is really fresh and fit, and he’s really looking forward to playing the game tomorrow. He is ready and he is focused.”