Fornaroli keen for City start

28 February 2018 06:55:47 EST

Skipper Bruno Fornaroli is crossing his fingers in the hope he can make a full return for Melbourne City in Friday's derby.

The Uruguayan striker broke his ankle and suffered serious ligament damage in an FFA Cup tie in July, and hadn't featured at all during the A-League campaign until the last two weeks.

He came off the bench in games against Sydney FC and Perth Glory, but could get the nod to play from the start against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

Fornaroli is still in pain on some days from his ankle but says he's feeling good in the run-up to the third and final derby of the league campaign.

He's now played 58 games for the club since joining ahead of the 2015-16 season, and scored 42 goals.

A big hit from the start with City, he became the first player to score 20 goals in a league campaign in his debut season and won the A-League Golden Boot.

He wasn't missed in the opening months of the season as on-loan replacement Ross McCormack scored 14 goals in 17 starts before the Scot’s return to Aston Villa last month.

"I still need minutes to get 110 per cent," said Fornaroli. "I have to stay ready. I try to do everything to play.

"I think I am ready," added the 30-year-old. "I have to work every day with my ankle and try to do everything well to prepare everything for the game.”

City are in third place in the table, four points clear of their rivals ahead of the derby.

Melbourne City are 12121/1 to win the Grand Final.

City are 2/1 to beat Melbourne Victory, who are 5/4 with the draw 13/5.

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