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Vidosic to return for Reds in A-League

22:07 Thu Dec 6 2012
AAP

Adelaide United's attacking weapons Dario Vidosic and Marcelo Carrusca will return from injury for Friday's night A-League grudge match against Melbourne Victory.

Reds' coach John Kosmina says the comebacks of Vidosic (knee) and Carrusca (calf) will add attacking flair to his side for the Hindmarsh Stadium encounter.

Both playmakers missed Adelaide's loss to Central Coast last Sunday, but Kosmina denied any risk in bringing them back.

"Both of them have been passed medically fit," Kosmina told reporters in Adelaide on Thursday.

"It gives us that little bit more dynamism because of the types of players they are."

The second-placed Reds (19 points) hope to stretch their gap on the ladder from the third-placed Victory (16 points), who enter the clash undefeated in their past five games.

And Kosmina said despite an often-heated rivalry between the clubs, he wouldn't build up the fixture as anything but another game.

Nor would Kosmina buy into the Marcos Flores factor, with the Victory recruit set to return to Adelaide for the first time since leaving the club.

"For me, he is just another Melbourne Victory player," Kosmina said of Flores.

"He's a guy in a blue shirt who we have to watch out for.

"That he was here before, I guess, is part of the history.

"But if the crowd want to boo him, they boo him. If they want to cheer him, I don't care. That is not what we're here for - we're here for the guys in the red shirts."

Victory coach Ange Postecoglou said whatever the crowd reaction, it wouldn't impact on Flores.

"He might get extra special attention but I'm sure he's experienced enough and he has been around long enough to be able to cope with that," Postecoglou told reporters in Melbourne on Thursday.

"The good thing about Marcos is he has taken a real leadership role within the group.

"Whether it's training or in a game, he really wants to make sure he sets the right example and, if he starts thinking about himself, he'll veer away from that."

Melbourne defender Adama Traore will miss the game with a thigh injury, replaced by Sam Gallagher, who returns from suspension for a fixture Postecoglou said would test his charges.

"They (Adelaide) have got some real experience, guys who have been around for a little while and know the game," he said.

"They've got a sniff of being successful this year and, whenever a team gets that, they're usually a hard nut to crack."