SADLY MISSED: The Brisbane Roar needs Brett Holman back after a lacklustre loss to Melbourne City.
SADLY MISSED: The Brisbane Roar needs Brett Holman back after a lacklustre loss to Melbourne City. ALBERT PEREZ

Holman to get Roar's spark back

JOHN Aloisi says the return of former Socceroo Brett Holman for Friday's clash with Adelaide will be the catalyst his team needs to get back to the Brisbane Roar way of playing.

The 33-year-old missed the Roar's limp loss to Melbourne City at AAMI Park last week because of a calf problem.

Holman has been cleared to play against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium and Aloisi said his return was perfect timing for the Roar to get its season off and running.

"Everyone knows Brett is a quality player," Aloisi said.

"Not only is he experienced but his final pass (is effective), he can score goals, he can shoot from outside the box, he works hard."

Aloisi said his players were not "brave" enough in attack in the 2-0 loss to City but said Holman would certainly influence the way the team played this week.

"It was mainly in the final third, really, when instead of going forward, we're going backwards," he said.

"That's not the way Brisbane Roar play, that's not the way we want to play.

"It's trying to do the right things, and that's being positive and trying to go forward and trying to create as many chances as possible.

"That's the only disappointing thing for us from last week and this week, at home, I'm sure it will be completely different."

Holman's presence is even more important because of much-vaunted French recruit Eric Bautheac's ongoing visa issues.

The 30-year-old former Lille, Dijon and Cannes midfielder cannot enter the country until the Department of Immigration and Border Protection processes his paperwork, much to Aloisi's frustration.

"All I hear is that it's at the top of the pile. I don't know how big the pile was," the Roar coach said.

Meanwhile, Aloisi said neither Corey Gameiro nor Thomas Kristensen was available against Adelaide.

Gameiro is nearing full fitness after his second knee construction, but Roar medical staff are taking all precautions for the former Sydney FC man.

Kristensen is weeks away from overcoming his hamstring injury, with Aloisi saying the Danish midfielder would be "touch and go" for Brisbane's round four trip to Wellington.

The Roar coach said Kristensen could make his comeback the following weekend against the Central Coast Mariners.

Meanwhile, Adelaide defender Taylor Regan is in doubt for Friday's clash.

Regan, 29, picked up a serious ankle injury during Adelaide's 1-1 draw with the Phoenix in Wellington on Sunday.

Scans were set for yesterday afternoon to see if Regan had ligament damage after X-rays in Wellington revealed there was no break.

News Corp Australia


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