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Australian Football: Aloisi hopeful over star return

Western United coach John Aloisi is confident Alessandro Diamanti will play again this season but cannot say when he will be back in the side.

Western are priced at 10/3 to win the A-League grand final and having Diamanti fit and available will boost their chances.

Troublesome knee injury

Diamanti has been out of the side with a knee injury and although Aloisi is confident he will soon make a return he cannot put an exact date on it.

"I'm pretty confident he will play again this season but it's one of those ones that it's hard to say when and how quickly he'll come back," he said.

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"I can't give you a timeline on it but we're pretty confident and positive he'll be back and hopefully when we're challenging, that would be nice."

Topor-Stanley record

One player who is having no issue with fitness at the moment is Nikolai Topor-Stanley who is set to make his 359th A-League appearance against Central Coast on Saturday. That is a record but Aloisi believes he can become the first player to reach the 400-game milestone.

"He will break it and it's an amazing feat. It's not only because he's such a great player and a talented defender, it also shows the professionalism and the way he's gone about his career," Aloisi added.

"The amount of games he's been able to play is incredible and I still think that he'll get to 400. Just watching him train and watching him move still and play, he hasn't missed a beat with us."

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