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Glory skipper Burns ready for return

Six weeks ago, Perth Glory skipper Jacob Burns was in a world of pain after his back locked up at training.

But the 34-year-old is his usual self again and eager to lead the Glory in their uphill bid to reach the A-League finals.

Burns missed the past six matches with the back trouble and explained how the frustration of the setback was overtaken by the excruciating pain.

"I was locked up and kind of crawling to the car after that training session," Burns said.

"You really wouldn't want to wish that upon anyone - the kind of pain you're in and how restricted you are in everyday life.

"But three jabs later it's finally come good and now I'm looking forward to getting some more training under my belt and seeing how things progress."

Perth are three points adrift of sixth place and must defeat the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium on Friday night to be a realistic chance of making the finals.

In a major bonus for Perth, star Jets striker Emile Heskey has been ruled out with a calf injury.

In contrast, Perth could welcome back Burns, Travis Dodd, Dean Heffernan and Nick Ward after the quartet missed last week's 2-1 win over Sydney.

Defender Steve Pantelidis is battling an Achilles tendon injury and could be forced to miss a week.

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