Sarkies set for Heart debut

Melbourne Heart's Kristian Sarkies is set to make his return to senior football in Wednesday night's clash against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

Melbourne Heart's Kristian Sarkies is set to make his return to senior football in Wednesday night's clash against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park.

Sarkies has been sidelined since January having sustained a broken leg while playing for previous club Adelaide United in the National Youth League.

But after undergoing a comprehensive injury recovery program, the Victorian midfielder has been given the green light to make his debut for the Heart.

Coach John van 't Schip said Sarkies' selection is just reward for his efforts in returning to full fitness.

"Kristian's road to recovery has been long and quite tough, and the club is proud to see him ready to return to the Hyundai A-League this evening," he said.

"As a capped Socceroo and Olyroo, Kristian is a player of great quality and skill, and we look forward to the contribution he will be able to make to our team moving forward."

The news is a massive boost for the side with injured striker Alex Terra and the suspended Wayne Srhoj already ruled out of Wednesday night's match.

Dean Heffernan and Jason Hoffman will return to the line-up, while John Aloisi has been rested ahead of Saturday night's Melbourne derby against the Victory.