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Ben Sigmund cleared to face Victory

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/04/2016

Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix © Getty Images Ben Sigmund of the Phoenix Veteran Wellington Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund will get his home farewell after all.

Former All White Sigmund was cleared fit to play in Saturday's A-League home match against Melbourne Victory, having quickly shaken off a knee injury.

The 34-year-old has been sidelined for most of this season, his last before retirement, and it looked to have ended prematurely when he limped off two minutes into last week's 3-0 loss to Melbourne City.

However, he has been deemed ready to face the Victory and, probably, next week's season-ending game against Western Sydney Wanderers in Wellington.

Captain and long-time central defensive partner Andrew Durante hopes the team can give Sigmund the best possible farewell, along with Manny Muscat, who is leaving next season for Melbourne City.

"They've been fantastic stalwarts and leaders at this football club and we want to send them off in the right way," Durante said.

"I know both of them would like a couple of wins to say thank you to the fans.

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