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Brisbane Roar - Kashima Antlers Preview logo 11-04-2017

Brisbane Roar will have midfield lynchpin Thomas Kristensen back for their "all-or-nothing" AFC Champions League (ACL) fixture with Kashima Antlers on Wednesday night.

The Dane was left out of Roar's squad for their 3-1 loss away to Perth Glory on Saturday night as Brisbane coach John Aloisi was unwilling to risk Kristensen, who has had problems with his hamstring and quadriceps this season.

Kristensen has been vital for Brisbane in his maiden A-League season, leading the club for tackles, interceptions and ball recoveries and he declared he is ready to play Kashima at Suncorp Stadium as Roar aim to keep stay alive in the ACL.

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Roar are bottom of Group E with just one point from three matches, while the Antlers lead the standings with six points and cruised past Brisbane 3-0 last month.

"I'm all good," Kristensen told reporters on Tuesday.

"I could have probably played Perth but it's John's job to manage the team at the moment because we have a lot of games and we need to be fresh."

The 33-year-old midfielder will be one of four senior players to return to Roar's starting XI against the J.League champions with Thomas Broich, Avram Papadopoulos and Michael Theo having all stayed in Queensland rather than travelling to Perth.

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Winger Tommy Oar (hamstring) is also available after over a month on the sidelines but captain Matt McKay (knee) is still out.

Aloisi indicated he will name his strongest possible line-up against Kashima as Roar look to reel in Muangthong United, who sit second in Group E and four points ahead of the Queensland-based outfit.

"It is definitely all-or-nothing," Brisbane's boss said.

"We want to go out there and win the football game. We believe that we can, especially playing here at home."

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With at least three ACL games remaining this season plus up to four A-League fixtures if Roar reach the grand final, Aloisi declared he is "excited about what's coming up".

Having rotated his squad since Brisbane's continental campaign began, the former Socceroos striker believes his players are primed to make an impact in the finals.

"We're not going to be limping over the line. We're going to be in full flight," he said.

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Kashima suffered their first defeat in six games in all competitions on Saturday as Cerezo Osaka stunned Masatada Ishii's side 1-0 at home.

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The Antlers had won their previous five matches, keeping clean sheets in four of those.

Yuma Suzuki has been Kashima's main forward in that period, scoring three goals - including one against Roar - and notching one assist.

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