McKay set to return

Brisbane has received a major boost ahead of its critical Wednesday night Hyundai A-League derby clash against North Queensland with the return to fitness of Ivan Franjic, Tommy Oar and Matt McKay.

Brisbane has received a major boost ahead of its critical Wednesday night Hyundai A-League derby clash against North Queensland with the return to fitness of Ivan Franjic, Tommy Oar and Matt McKay.

Franjic (hamstring), Oar (ankle) and McKay (quad) were absent when the Roar suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Adelaide United on Saturday, but they all trained well on Tuesday.

Brisbane coach Ange Postecoglou was initially somewhat coy about the trio's chances of playing against the Fury, but essentially let the cat out of the bag when he was later quizzed on crowds at Suncorp Stadium.

"At this stage they're all under consideration. The likelihood is we might play all of them, or we might keep one or two out," Postecoglou said.

"(I am) tossing it up, I've had a look at them today and they all look good but it's doubtful they'll get 90 minutes."

The former Young Socceroos mentor was inadvertently more forthright when asked about whether the pulling power of Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler could help boost the attendance figure on Wednesday.

"I'd certainly like to see as many people there as possible," he said.

"Maybe they should come and see Tommy Oar play and Matty McKay coming back in, and those kinds of players."

"But if it's Robbie Fowler that brings them back I'm happy."

McKay, who will linkup with fellow foundation midfielder Massimo Murdocca for the first time this season, was looking forward to taking the field alongside Fowler.

"It's a great opportunity and I missed the first time up in Townsville," McKay said.

"Robbie's one of the greatest players to come out of the EPL."

"He scores goals for fun so it's going to be a challenge but also a joy as well."

McKay indicated he will start and was hopeful of playing the full 90 minutes after recovering from a quadriceps tear quicker than expected.

"I'll just give as much as I've got and when the tank is empty I'll put my hand up," he said.

"I'm just really fortunate because I'm probably coming back a bit earlier than I thought I would be."

"I worked hard with my rehab and I've got no pain so I'm just going to go for it."

Meanwhile goalkeeper Liam Reddy could be leaving Brisbane earlier than expected.

Reddy, now the second choice shot-stopper behind Griffin McMaster, was recently released from the final year of his contract due to personal reasons and has since been linked with Sydney FC.

It has been widely reported that the 28-year-old will head home to Sydney for next season, but Postecoglou confirmed, albeit very briefly, that the club had been approached by Wellington.

"Nothing mate," he quipped when asked for an update on Reddy's situation.

"It's not my department, I'm worried about tomorrow night so I'm just concentrating on that."

"From what we know, Wellington have asked for permission to speak to him."