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Roar "buzzing" as Young cleared for semi

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/04/2017 Vince Rugari

Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young has been cleared to play in Sunday's A-League semi-final against Melbourne Victory.

Young was in serious doubt after suffering a gruesome cut to his arm during Wednesday night's 3-0 AFC Champions League defeat to Muangthong United in Thailand, which required 26 stitches.

However, the 31-year-old gloveman was passed fit by Roar medical staff on Friday and will line up at AAMI Park.

"It's great news," midfielder Brett Holman, who was one of many key players rested for the midweek trip, told AAP.

"We all saw him this morning at breakfast, because everyone got in at different times last night.

"He seemed pretty confident and now he's got the OK from the doctor, which was the main one.

"Everybody's buzzing because we know how important he is in goals for us."

With Michael Theo (knee) already sidelined, the Roar were strongly considering signing an emergency injury replacement goalkeeper had Young not been given the green light.

Young was fortunate as the location of gash - caused by a rusty old hook on the goalframe - did not affect his range of movement or the ability to tense his arm muscles.

He was, however, given a tetanus shot as a precaution.

"The most important thing is that he's as well as can be and nothing major has really happened," Holman said.

The Roar squad has reassembled in Melbourne with the selection focus now on captain Matt McKay, who has recovered from a knee injury but needs to get through Saturday's training session unscathed to play.

Holman said the mood in the group was good and that the everyone would be fresh by kick-off.

"A few of the boys were still a little bit zonked out from their trip but that's why we've come a couple of days earlier, so we can get used to each other again, and they can get their sleep in," he said.

"The facilities are great, we've got a swimming pool here, the cryotherapy tonight.

"There's enough going on to get everybody 100 per cent fit and up for it on Sunday."

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