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Dec, 3, 2012

Adelaide's Vidosic presses A-League return

Adelaide United's injured linchpin Dario Vidosic has heartened his A-League teammates by training strongly ahead of Friday night's A-League grudge match against Melbourne Victory.

A knee injury forced Vidosic to withdraw from the Socceroos squad, and also Adelaide's loss to Central Coast last Sunday.

But the in-form playmaker is pushing to return against the Victory after completing United's entire training session on Tuesday.

"He's looking pretty good," Adelaide defender Osama Malik told reporters.

"Obviously he's an important part of what we do here and hopefully he's going to be right for Friday.

"He's dynamic, he gets forward, he creates chances for us. If he was to play, it will be a massive boost for us."

United's already-heated rivalry with Victory has further spice with creative Argentine Marcos Flores returning to Hindmarsh Stadium on Friday night for the first time since leaving Adelaide.

The one-time Adelaide fan favourite departed for a stint in China but, on return to the A-League, overlooked the Reds and opted to play for Melbourne.

"To be honest, it's water under the bridge," Malik said of Flores' snub of Adelaide.

"Things happen in football - people move on.

"He left here to go to China. We didn't expect him to come back - obviously it would have been great if he did, but he moved on, he went to Melbourne and we have got to live with that.

"... We have done pretty well without him."

But Malik forecast an "interesting" reception from the Adelaide crowd for Flores.

"There will be a bit of disappointment still from the fans and I'm sure they will make their feelings felt," he said.

Malik will likely be tasked with minding Flores during the encounter between the second-placed Reds and third-placed Victory, but warned Adelaide of being overly focused on their ex-teammate.

"There is not one single player we have to look out for - it's them as a whole," Malik said.

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