Roar will turn tables in A-League: Aloisi

Injury-ravaged clubs Brisbane and Perth will have reinforcements ahead of Thursday night's first A-League meeting of the season.

Brisbane coach John Aloisi is convinced the ninth-placed Roar will turn the tables in the A-League.

Brisbane coach John Aloisi is convinced the ninth-placed Roar will turn the tables in the A-League.

The Glory's club captain and key marksman Andy Keogh is one of three regulars set to return from injury, alongside Alex Grant and Xavi Torres.

There's relief for John Aloisi, too, with Luke DeVere, Nick D'Agostino and Corey Gameiro coming into the reckoning for the Suncorp Stadium date.

The seasonal fixture caps a run of three home matches in a row for the Roar, which haven't yielded a win to date.

A draw against Wellington on the Gold Coast was followed by a 2-1 defeat by Melbourne Victory - despite an improved second-half showing that could have resulted in the Roar sharing the points.

It's that effort, with no less than 11 senior players unavailable, that has Aloisi convinced his ninth-placed side will jump up the table.

"Things will turn," Aloisi said

"I've got no issues, no worries about things turning. I know they will.

"You can't veer away from your belief and your way of playing. We're not doing that.

"You saw the young boys come on - 17, 18 (years old) - and playing to our structure and they performed really well.

"That's only because they believe in what we're doing."

DeVere will be managed back into the side after a two-month knee injury, while Gameiro hasn't started an A-League match since November 2015 due to back-to-back knee reconstructions.

Their presence is welcomed given Ivan Franjic will be out for "one or two" weeks with a quad issue.

Thomas Kristensen will also be considered for his first start of the season having jumped off the bench against Victory.

"Kristensen pulled up really well from his half-hour. I thought he made a big impact when he came on," he said.

"It looked like he should be ready to start and we can see how long he plays for."

Michael Theo, Brett Holman and Jade North should return in the next fortnight, while Eric Bautheac, Joe Caletti and Avram Papdopoulos are longer-term absentees.

For the visiting Glory, coach Kenny Lowe says Grant (hamstring), Keogh (groin), and Torres (groin) are all a chance to play, but it's unlikely all three will start.

Star striker Andy Taggart (hamstring) could return next week against Sydney, while Marc Warren (ankle) and Scott Neville (toe) are likely to come back in January.

Aloisi can't work out why the two sides haven't met yet this season, with Perth to return within a month.

"They say they put it into a computer; I don't know what computer they put it in to," he said.

"The draw is never ideal.

"I don't know how they do it ... but I understand the difficulties."

STATS THAT MATTER:

* Neither Perth nor Brisbane has recorded back-to-back wins this season

* The Roar have won five of the past six meetings with Glory at Suncorp Stadium

* John Aloisi's side are Thursday night specialists, scoring 17 goals in four-straight wins

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