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Dec 12, 2017   |  10:35PM AET

Donachie eyes January return

Donachie eyes January return

Melbourne Victory’s James Donachie is optimistic of making a return to the field early in 2018.

The defender suffered a quad injury in the Round 2 clash with Melbourne City on October 14 and hasn’t featured since.

“I’m looking to be training in early January and in mid to late January I should be back on the field, all things going well and ticking all the boxes,” Donachie said.

A January return would be a big boost to Victory’s squad with the Asian Champions League kicking off in February.

Melbourne will host Korean side Ulsan Hyundai on February 13 on Match Day One. 

Following a strong pre-season, which saw Donachie cement a place in the starting XI, the timing of the injury was far from ideal. 

“It was a funny one, I was talking to the physios and I didn’t have anything wrong leading up to it so it was a bit of a surprise to me.

“There wasn’t much pain because it wasn’t a tear, it had come all the way off [the bone] so I stayed on for a bit but it just didn’t feel right and had to come off after a while limping around.”

First day back on the track for our #17! Speedy recovery Donks! ??‍♂️??‍♂️??‍♂️

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