DPMM FC striker Ivan Bosjnak is expected to make his competitive return to the country's only professional club against Woodlands Wellington FC in the Singapore League (S-League) at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium on Sunday.
The striker has been out with head injury since early March, but was able to begin training in the past few weeks and has increased his workload since.
"He is now training with the squad. He is doing what the other players are doing except he is not encouraged to head the ball during the training. He is doing very well," said coach Vjeran Simunic in an interview with The Brunei Times yesterday.
The Croatian striker who featured in the 2006 World Cup underwent a surgery after fracturing the bones around his ear and eye in DPMM FC's 3-3 draw against Hougang United FC on March 1.
Bosnjak was instrumental in DPMM FC's attack in his last game against Hougang United and really came into his own in the second half, converting a penalty in the stalemate.
Simunic though, is not keen on rushing the 33-year-old back into action too soon, fearing he could suffer another setback.
"In medicinal aspect he is recovering very well. But is up to (Bosjnak), if he thinks he is ready to play then he will play," said Simunic.
"We will see in these few days if he is going to play... then we will need to look for a special mask for him because if he gets hit it might get worse."
Certainly, the return of Bosjnak would add considerable creativity to the DPMM FC's attack, boosting the squad's striking options upfront.
"It is always good to have him (Bosjnak) back. Now we have a lot of options. We have the Said brothers (Shahrazen Said and Adi Said) and Joao (Joao Victor Rocha De Carvalho Moreira). We can even play all of them upfront," said Simunic.
"We also have signed (Azwan Ali Rahman). He is a very good player. I hope that he can pass the test. Then he can play for us," added the coach.
Azwan who became a hero for Indera Sporting Club (SC) after scoring the only goal in their dramatic 1-0 victory over the Royal Brunei Armed Forces Sports Council (MS ABDB) in the final day of the inaugural edition of the DST Super League on March 10 to help his team finish as champions of the tournament.
The 21-year-old midfielder scored a staggering 17 goals in eight appearances with Indera in the DST Super League and his astonishing goal tally earned him the award for top-scorer in the tournament.
Azwan who was also a part of the national squad at the ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup 2012 qualifiers in Myanmar in October was reportedly signed by DPMM FC from Indera SC last week.