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Henrique scores on return from knee injury to send Brisbane Roar to top

AN emotional Henrique scored in his return from a serious knee injury as Brisbane Roar jumped to the top of the A-League ladder with a 1-0 win over Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar favourite, who required a knee reconstruction after coming unstuck in an AFC Champions League match eight months, netted the decisive goal 17 minutes after coming on as a replacement for 17-year-old striker Nick D?Agostino.

Brisbane?s three substitutes combined to seal Brisbane their three points, with Devante Clut heading the ball to Javier Hervas, who with his first touch in the A-League flicked the ball with the outside of his left foot to Henrique.

The recently naturalised Australian did the rest, beating advancing Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic to the ball to knock it home to the delight of the 11,748 fans.

Embraced by his teammates, Henrique was in tears after the goal as emotion got the better of him in his A-League return.

The win, the Roar?s fourth of the season and third at home, moved Brisbane to 13 points on the ladder, two clear of second-placed Sydney FC, who lost 4-2 to Melbourne Victory on Saturday night.

The Roar deserved their latest win, but the Glory made it hard for this hosts, particularly for a large chunk of the second half.

However, Brisbane?s superiority told

Bangladesh vs Australia - 17/11/15 - WC/AC Qualifier - Bangabandhu Ntl. Stadium

Bangabandhu National Stadium, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tuesday, 17th November 2015
Kickoff 5:30pm (BANGLADESH), 9:30pm (QLD)
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I'm here to help: Henrique

 Crowd favourite Henrique and rising Youth player Nick D'Agostino have been named in the Brisbane Roar squad to take on Perth Glory in Round 6 of the Hyundai A-League 2015/16 season at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday (4pm kick off).

Spanish signing Javier Hervas Salmoral, who previously played with Sevilla FC, also has been included in the 17-man squad. He will wear No.18.

Henrique returns nearly six months after a knee reconstruction. His last game for the Roar was on 18 March - an AFC Champions League 3-3 draw against Suwon Bluewings when he came off injured in the second half.

The "Slippery Fish", who last month was awarded his Australian Citizenship (below), has been in a controlled rehab and training program for the last few months.

He looked sharp and strongly in an 11 versus 11 training game on Wednesday after earlier being given a medical all-clear.

After the session, Roar Head Coach John Aloisi called Henrique aside for a private chat. What was said is between them but a huge smile lit up Henrique's face.

Aloisi said he had not yet made any decision on what role Henrique could play on Sunday.

Henrique said it had been a challenging seven months on the sidelines and he was happy to be back in a position to help the team again.

"It is still one step at a time and there is plenty more hard work to be done," Henrique said.

"I am more determined

Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren named the PFA player of October

BRISBANE Roar continue to be recognised for their good start to the A-League season, with striker Jamie Maclaren named the Professional Footballers Australia player of October.

Maclaren?s reward from his peers came hot on the heels of strike partner Brandon Borrello last week being named the A-League?s young player of the month.

Between them, they have scored seven of the second-placed Roar?s 10 goals this season and tormented rivals.

?The season has started really well and I?m really enjoying my football and this award just tops it off,? 22-year-old Maclaren said.

?I would like to thank my teammates and the coaching staff who have made me feel so welcome at the club.?

Maclaren, who has netted three goals in five matches this season, is relishing being a regular starter since moving to the Roar from Perth Glory, where he was confined to a supersub role.

?As a striker you want a coach that backs you and I wasn?t backed at Perth for whatever reason,? he told The Courier-Mail last month.

Unfortunately for the Roar, Maclaren won?t get the chance to take on the Glory on Sunday at Suncorp Stadium due his selection in the Olyroos squad playing matches against Qatar and Iran.

His place in the Roar forward line is expected to be taken by Dimitri Petratos, who will shift from the midfield role he has occupied this season.

At the defensive end of the park, the Roar have kept successive cle

Rahim Soekasah set to be appointed new Brisbane Roar chairman

A-League: Rahim Soekasah set to be appointed new Brisbane Roar chairman

November 9, 2015 9:00pm

LONG-time Bakrie Group football executive Rahim Soekasah is set to be appointed Brisbane Roar?s new chairman, with the club?s Chris Fong era to officially come to an end.

Fong has been chairman by name and nothing else in recent months as club owner Nirwan Bakrie finalises plans to revive the Roar and appoint a new board.

Having completed his audit of the club, Bakrie is understood to have decided to appoint three directors ? new chairman Soekasah, Demis Djamoeddin and Dali Tahir, who will retain his sport on the board.

Soekasah and Djamoeddin, who spent several weeks in Brisbane before returning to Indonesia last month to report to Bakrie, are expected to base themselves in Queensland permanently.

Djamoeddin could be back in Brisbane in time for the Roar?s clash with Perth Glory at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The Roar are also close to finalising their advisory board, which will focus on the club?s legal, accounting and government dealings.
David Pourre, currently the club?s interim chief executive, has been offered the CEO position on a permanent basis.

Meanwhile, the Roar confirmed on Monday that Jean Carlos Solorzano?s hamstring injury was not as serious as first feared but the Costa Rican striker won?t be rushed back into action.

?He?s been

Australia vs Kyrgyzstan - 12/11/15 - WC/AC Qualifier - Canberra Stadium

Canberra Stadium, Canberra, Australia
Thursday, 12th November 2015
Kickoff 8:00pm (ACT), 7:00pm (QLD)
Coverage on FS4 from 6:00pm QLD (Pre Game) & SBS from 7:30pm QLD (On 1hr Delay)

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