Melbourne Victory defender Adama Traore has served his five-match suspension and is available for selection to face Macarthur FC in Campbelltown this Friday night.
Traore spent three weeks awaiting his fate, after receiving a red card in April’s Melbourne Derby.
“It feels good to be back,” said Traore.
“As a player the most important thing is to be on the pitch every week and helping out the team.”
The Victory left-back has trained throughout his suspension and he believes he has maintained fitness.
“I have been working very hard with our coaches and I’m feeling good. My fitness is great and I’m ready to play in the next game.”
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The squad travels to New South Wales on Thursday, where it hopes to improve on its previous outing versus the Bulls.
Victory fell to a 2-1 defeat against Macarthur at AAMI Park last week – the first meeting between the two sides.
“It’s a difficult situation we’re in right now. Every player we have available can help,” said Traore.
“It’s important to always stay positive. We will work hard every game and try to get the best possible results.”
Traore recently reached an A-League milestone of 150 appearances but is determined to overcome a testing spell in his career.
“It has been a tough period for me, and it has been disappointing, but this is a part of football,” he said.
“You make mistakes, learn from it and move forward. I’m excited to return on Friday.”