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Striker's return set to boost Gold Coast

Gold Coast United look set to be boosted by the return of towering striker Dylan Macallister when they take on Wellington Phoenix on Sunday.

Macallister has missed last-placed Coast's past three matches due to a hamstring injury but is confident he's now ready to return against his former club at Skilled Park.

"I've still got to strengthen it up a bit and go through a few more tests to make sure I'm okay because you don't want to rush a hamstring injury, but so far so good," he said.

Macallister would be a welcome addition for Miron Bleiberg who has pushed young gun James Brown up from the midfield in a reshuffled line-up to cover for the forward's absence.

The 29-year-old played last season with the Phoenix before heading to Iceland for a brief stint with Breidablik.

His debut for Gold Coast was against Wellington in this season's opening match when he had two goals disallowed in a 1-all draw at Skilled Park.

"I think I was a bit unlucky in the first game of the season," he said.

"Both of my goals were given offside and I think one of them was a bit dubious.

"But this week it's important for me to get some minutes on the field if I can and if I can get a goal for the team then that would make everything even better."

Apart from goalkeeper Glen Moss (groin) and Joel Porter (hamstring), who have lengthy stints on the sidelines, Bleiberg should have a full roster to choose from against the Phoenix.


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