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Australian Football: Popa backs Ikonomidis to shine

Melbourne Victory boss Tony Popovic says the club are set to reap the rewards of a fully fit Chris Ikonomidis as they chase silverware at the business end of the season.

Victory are priced at 7/2 to win the A-League grand final this season and having Ikonomidis fit and firing will give their chances a big boost.

Injury issues

The 26-year-old has struggled to regain full match fitness since arriving from Perth Glory at the start of the season, but is now fit and raring to go.

He played his first full game in the 2-1 win over the Newcastle Jets and Popovic is excited to see what he can produce between now and the end of the season.

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"It's good to have options," Popovic said. "Similar to Marco (Rojas), it's taken a while to get Chris to play 90 minutes but we're delighted he did.

"We're happy he set up a goal and contributed in our attacking play. The more options we have in the front third the better.

"Competition is good, players fit at the right time of year is also important. Hopefully, we'll see the results of that in the next games."

Chasing glory

Victory sit third on the A-League ladder with four games left to play and are chasing leaders Melbourne City and second-placed Western United hard.

"We've put ourselves in a good position," Popovic added. "Obviously, we need to keep winning to put pressure on the teams above us. But we're 11 games undefeated at the moment, we want to make that 12 on Friday and the only way can keep pressure on the top two is by getting the results."

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