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No progress A-League return for Allsopp

Any Melbourne Victory second coming for striker Danny Allsopp will have to wait at least another week.

While the Victory are circling to bring Allsopp back to the A-League should his Qatar club Al-Rayyan decide he is surplus to requirements, Melbourne confirmed on Thursday there was still no progress on a possible return.

That means Allsopp would not be eligible to play for the Victory in their important A-League clash with Perth Glory at Etihad Stadium on Saturday regardless of what happens before the weekend.

The Victory said this week they would be "very interested" in re-signing Allsopp should he be available from the Middle East club they sold him to just four months ago.

Al-Rayyan have taken back Oman international striker Emad Al Hosni, who had been on loan at Belgian club Charleroi, which has left Allsopp potentially out on a limb.

But Allsopp is likely to be on the hit-list of several A-League clubs, with Adelaide United and Brisbane Roar just two in need of a proven striker.

New club Melbourne Heart could also provide a good fit for the bustling Victorian striker should he be on the move.

The Victory are entering a critical phase of their season following two insipid defeats against North Queensland and Newcastle either side of the New Year break.

Melbourne now have a stretch of three home matches in 10 days - against Perth, Adelaide United and Wellington Phoenix.

The Victory have also slipped to third place on the table after Gold Coast's 2-0 win over Newcastle on Wednesday night allowed them to leapfrog the Victory.

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