Fyfe a chance to face Heart

Adelaide United’s conditioning staff is carefully managing Iain Fyfe’s progress, with Coach John Kosmina hinting Friday night’s home clash against Melbourne Heart as the returning defender’s first game back.

Adelaide United-s conditioning staff is carefully managing Iain Fyfe-s progress, with Coach John Kosmina hinting Friday night-s home clash against Melbourne Heart as the returning defender-s first game back.

Sporting a rugged look with a beard, Fyfe has undertaken a heavy training workload since he arrived home to Adelaide following a stint with Busan I-Park in South Korea.

The experienced defender, who won a Hyundai A-League championship with Sydney FC in the league-s first season, has been gradually building up his fitness over the past fortnight but he will have to wait a little bit longer before being considered for selection.

Considering Fyfe has not played an official competitive fixture in over six months, Kosmina is not going to rush his latest signing in until he is convinced the 29 year old is ready.

The way Fyfe is progressing, Kosmina says there is a chance of him playing some part in the Reds- final Hyundai A-League game of the season against Melbourne Heart at Hindmarsh on Friday night.

“The guys who didn-t travel to Gosford had a trial game on Saturday morning, Fyfey played another 90 minutes in that, he had 90 last Tuesday against Western Strikers, and we-ll look at what we do with him this week,” Kosmina said.

“He-s had a fairly heavy workload the last two weeks, he hasn-t played since August and he went back for pre season in South Korea but it wasn-t substantial, so we-ll way up his availability after the Gamba game.”

“He won-t be in the squad for the Gamba game but we-ll look at him for Melbourne Heart and obviously we-ve got a week and a bit to put some more work in him and look at whether we take him to Pohang or not.”

Prior to his time in South Korea, Fyfe made 58 appearances in all competitions in his first spell for the Reds, which included six games in United-s 2010 AFC Champions League campaign.