Injured Sydney star readying for return

With no less than 10 defenders having lined up at the back for Sydney FC over the opening 13 rounds of the Hyundai A-League season, the club will be looking forward to the return of experienced Socceroo Simon Colosimo to bolster its defensive stocks in the run towards the finals.

With no less than 10 defenders having lined up at the back for Sydney FC over the opening 13 rounds of the Hyundai A-League season, the club will be looking forward to the return of experienced Socceroo Simon Colosimo to bolster its defensive stocks in the run towards the finals.

After an impressive start to his Sky Blue career, Colosimo underwent groin surgery almost 3 months ago and has been working hard to ensure his rehab is successful in the lead-up to his return.

"The recovery has been pretty good," said Colosimo. "It's a long process, but the plan all along has been to come back permanently with little chance of breaking down again. Hopefully I can be playing again in three to four weeks."

Colosimo-s focus is on easing his way back into full training, then working on recapturing the form that helped Sydney impress during the early season exchanges.

"I-ve just begun doing some passing training and hope to be back training with the squad in a couple of week's time," he said. "I-m not going to risk coming back early though."

Admitting it hasn't been easy sitting in the stands while his team-mates have struggled during an injury-riddled run, the Australian representative believes Sydney has shown encouraging signs over recent weeks, under difficult circumstances.

"It is always hard watching from the sidelines," said the 29 year-old. "A couple of balls have bounced the wrong way but the team spirit and belief is still there, as they showed in the second half on Friday night. That half may be a turning point for us."

Sitting in 6th place on the ladder but only 6 points off the competition lead, Colosimo is confident the Sky Blues will be ready to fire when the title race heats up over the coming rounds.

"I think the boys have always had the belief we can continue to the finals," he said. "We are not that far behind and are not taking beatings. A little bit of a turn in our luck and we will be at the pointy end of the table."

Colosimo will be cheering on his teammates when they continue their comeback this Sunday afternoon in a crucial clash against the struggling Newcastle Jets at Energy Australia Stadium.