Defender has been plagued by achilles and heel problems during the past year.
Sydney FC have received a major boost ahead of the new A-League season after defender Pascal Bosschaart returned to action.
The 33-year-old hasn’t featured for the Sky Blues since December of last year due to a heel injury and has spent much of 2013 convalescing after undergoing surgery in January, but managed to play for an hour during the 5-3 friendly win over Udinese’s youth side on Thursday.
After such a long stretch on the sidelines Bosschaart felt his comeback went better than expected despite not being at peak physical condition for the game and is confident of shaking off the inevitable ring rust in time for the next term.
“I’m not at the fitness level twant to be at just yet but it’s only a matter of games before I’m there,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald. “The plan was to play 30 minutes, maybe 45, and then at half-time the coach [Farina] asked me how I felt, and I told him I was fine and he said I could stay on for another 15 minutes.
“That was great to be out there for so long because the more minutes you get, the more prepared you are. It’s also a risk, especially when you’re not quite ready, but it all went well.
“I can look back at this as a really nice return. It’s been eight or nine months out of the picture and it’s a big relief. That was a crazy time,” he added. “Obviously there were some things that need improving and I gave some balls away, so that will get better with time.”