Thomas Sorensen will be Melbourne City's captain for Saturday's trip to Wellington Phoenix, in a sign of the club's faith in him.
The former Denmark international has only started two games this season, but now has the chance to re-establish himself in the side.
When you are out for a long time, there are always doubts whether you can meet your levels at training.Thomas Sorensen
Dean Bouzanis, who has been No.1 between the sticks under John van 't Schip and Michael Valkanis this term, is sitting out a five-game ban.
Sorensen came back into the team for last weekend's 2-2 draw with Brisbane Roar, pulling off some good saves.
He said: "It's been a hard season for me with the change that was made and getting to grips with that but then it was about getting my head down and working for that opportunity. It came on Saturday and it's what you train for and I was really excited."
He added: "When you are out for a long time, there are always doubts whether you can meet your levels at training but training is one thing, games are something else.
"I didn't feel rusty at all, I felt good. I had a big task with a lot of young players there and there was a lot to focus on, but I just got stuck into the job."
The 40-year-old will lead a changed line-up at Westpac Stadium with six players including leading scorer Bruno Fornaroli all available again.
Tim Cahill, Osama Malik, Manny Muscat, Luke Brattan and Fernando Brandan are the other options to return following suspensions.
But key defensive pair Michael Jakobsen and Ivan Franjic won't make the trip after failing to overcome calf and knee problems respectively.
Melbourne City are 6/5 to beat Wellington, who are 2/1 with the draw 11/4.
City are 3/1 to win the game by a one-goal margin.
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