Melbourne Victory defenders Scott Galloway and Nick Ansell returned from injuries sustained last season in Tuesday night's friendly against Port Melbourne - a week ahead of their friendly with English giants Liverpool.
The 1-0 win, which was the last game before squaring off against Liverpool at the MCG next week showed off a near full strength back four with the return of the young duo.
Star full back Adama Traore was still missing after he sustained an injury at the back end of last season against Brisbane Roar, however he remains confident that his return is not too far away.
Traore said: "I can start pushing to get my fitness back and hopefully in a couple of months I can start training with the boys."
The trio of injuries late last season, along with the absence of midfielder Guilherme Finkler due to an early season injury saw Melbourne Victory miss out on any chance of silverware despite featuring in the finals series.
Both Finkler and Traore face a race against time if they are to be back to full fitness before the start of the new season in October.
Until then, Melbourne will certainly be able to make do with replacement Jason Geria, who scored the only goal in Tuesday's local game.
While the defence has been strengthened with the return of Ansell and Galloway, Melbourne's attacking options still appear to be lacking with the club yet to find a replacement for departing Marco Rojas.
Negotiations with controversial Italian striker, Fabrizio Miccoli broke down after it was revealed he is to remain in Italy after recently joining Lecce on a free transfer.
Whether or not an international marquee will be signed before next Wednesday remains a mystery.
Regardless, over 95,000 people are expected to be in attendance at the MCG for the highly anticipated clash against Liverpool. The game kicks off at 7:30 local time on Wednesday night.
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