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Brisbane Roar's long-awaited return of influential attacking duo Thomas Broich and Henrique has been tempered by an injury to leading A-League marksman Besart Berisha.

Berisha is in serious doubt for Saturday night's home clash with Sydney FC due to a calf problem which has kept him out of training this week.

The Albanian international remains hopeful of training on Friday to prove his fitness but Roar coach Ange Postecoglou has consistently taken a conservative approach to injuries.

As well as the A-League finals on the horizon in March, Brisbane start their Asian Champions League campaign on March 6 to make it a challenging end to the season when Postecoglou wants his key men 100 per cent.

If Berisha, who tops the competition's goal scoring list with nine, doesn't play on Saturday night it will be a bitter pill for the striker as he's been craving the return of German playmaker Broich (heel) and speedster Henrique (knee).

The creative Broich has missed the past eight matches, corresponding with an end to Brisbane's record 36-match unbeaten streak as well as a halt to Berisha's goal glut.

In that time, a frustrated Henrique has also been sorely missed as his last appearance was in the streak-ending 2-0 loss to Sydney on a windy day at Kogarah.

Both men trained impressively at Ballymore on Thursday morning and will be named in the Roar's squad, although Henrique is unsure whether they will start at Suncorp Stadium.

The nimble Brazilian, nicknamed "Slippery Fish", doesn't believe he has lost any of his trademark speed but is still lacking some fitness.

"I am here to help my team-mates so I'm good to go," he said.

"If they need me for the start I will be there to help."

Just one win in eight matches has seen the second-placed Roar slip eight points behind Central Coast.

But Henrique believes they are now well placed to finish the season strongly to defend their premiership and championship titles.

"We're a very strong team," he said. "We showed this 18 months ago. This is a (challenging) moment but the moments will pass and the good moments will come.

"It's good for the team to have everyone good to go. It's not just me and Thomas."

In other positive injury news for the Roar, attacking midfielder James Meyer completed the bulk of training on Thursday to also be close to a return.


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