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Rojas in for Victory's Roar A-League test

AAP logoAAP 12/01/2017 Ben McKay

Marco Rojas is fit to start in Melbourne Victory's clash with Brisbane Roar on Friday night as the A-League powerhouse chase a sixth consecutive win.

The star New Zealand winger, who picked up his second straight player-of-the-month award on Thursday, has been cleared of serious ankle damage by coach Kevin Muscat.

"As soon as we got back from Adelaide we did all the tests and there was no structural damage, so it was just a matter of swelling," Muscat said.

"He's trained the last couple of days and he's fine ... he's 100 per cent."

Rojas called the player-voted award "a huge honour", thanking his team for the service and his rivals for voting for him.

But it's Muscat who is the most pleased because he won't be without the 25-year-old as Victory's title assault enters its busiest phase.

After the visit of Brisbane on Friday night, Victory are off to Wellington for a Tuesday night match and then jet to Perth for another clash the next Saturday.

A mouth-watering Big Blue then follows on Australia Day but Muscat said he was yet to think about the matches that follow the Roar's visit.

"There's no point in getting too far ahead of ourselves," he said.

"Yes, the staff behind the scenes monitor loads and what we do in training ... but Brisbane is a big enough challenge on its own."

While Rojas' fitness might otherwise allow Muscat the chance to field an unchanged line-up for the fifth straight week, Alan Baro's suspension has cruelled those hopes.

Nick Ansell will come into the Victory side to partner former Brisbane defender James Donachie.

On the right-side of defence will be Jason Geria, who to Muscat's relief rebuffed interest from Europe to sign a long-term deal to stay at the club this week.

"We made it clear to him we wanted him to remain at the club and we're fortunate that he's committed his future," he said.

"He's made a good solid decision that he wants to be the best player in this country in his position and if he does that then he won't be asking to get into the national team, he'll be selected."

Victory hasn't defeated Brisbane in their past four meetings but Muscat had the perfect riposte to that statistic.

"Well if we go back eight games we've beaten them four times, we've drawn two and lost two," he said.

"I don't look into it too much but I knew you were going to ask me so I've done some research."

Brett Holman remains Brisbane's only senior player unavailable for selection, still at least a week away with a knee issue.

STATS THAT MATTER

* These two teams opened the season at Suncorp Stadium, when Luke DeVere's incredible flying volley late in injury time secured Brisbane a 1-1 draw.

* Victory are imperious at home, scored 20 goals in their last six home fixtures.

* Brisbane has won just once at AAMI Park in the last six years.

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