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Monday, November 19, 2012
A-League's Fred eyes another happy return

By Sam Lienert

Melbourne Heart captain Fred hopes history repeats when he makes his A-League return from a hamstring injury against Newcastle on Saturday.

The Brazilian playmaker was also on the comeback from a hamstring injury when the Heart met the Jets at the same venue this time last year and he scored his maiden goal for the club in a 3-0 win.

"I came back from injury and I had my first game against them and I scored and played good," Fred told reporters on Tuesday.

"I hope it happens again."

The skipper, who has missed Melbourne's past three games, could possibly have returned for last round's loss to Adelaide United.

But a history of groin and hamstring injuries last season meant the club took a conservative approach.

"It's early in the season so they didn't want to take a risk," he said.

Fred said he found it difficult watching the 1-0 weekend loss to the Reds, a game in which Heart coach John Aloisi accused his side of not making a contest after falling behind.

But after a fiercely intense training session on Tuesday, Fred said his side was ready to bounce back.

"I think this won't happen again," he said.

"I think everyone's still confident. It's still early in the season. I think we can be on the top."

The Heart won't give former Socceroos midfielder Vince Grella his A-League debut against the Jets, as he continues to build match fitness, but he might play the following round against Sydney.




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