Germano yearning for more following comeback


Melbourne Heart FC midfielder Jonatan Germano made his long-awaited return from injury against Adelaide United last weekend…

Jonatan Germano shares a laugh with referee Kris Griffith-Jones in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium, after making his return from injury.

Melbourne Heart FC midfielder Jonatan Germano made his long-awaited return from injury against Adelaide United last weekend, and while he savoured the comeback, the Argentinean play-maker is yearning for more football.

Germano, who had suffered two set-backs this season with hamstring and calf injuries, came on against the Reds as a second-half substitute at Hindmarsh Stadium and played a promising 28 minutes.

While the South American originally made his return through the Club-s Foxtel National Youth League team, including a match in which he scored with his first touch against the Newcastle Jets youth a fortnight ago, he emphasised his pleasure in returning to first team action.

“I enjoyed playing again after a long time,” Germano told melbourneheartfc.com.au.

“It try to give 100 per cent on every ball and help the players all the time from inside and from outside the field as well.”

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van-t Schip said it was positive to have ‘Shony- – as he is affectionately know as by his teammates and fans alike – fit again.

“[It-s] very good to have Germano back, he brings something different to the team,” van-t Schip said on Thursday.

“He’s very energetic, has a kind of South American aggressive way of playing in his style, we are happy that they are both [he and Orlando are] back.”

It was a hard road for Germano, who said the Club and his teammates had helped him maintain confidence.

“It-s very good because the players and the coach give me [the] opportunity and confidence for building up my fitness and play, and I tried to take my chance to be fit,” Germano said.

“The coach and players treated me very well and I’m very grateful.

“The [medical staff] and the Club helped me a lot and I’m grateful today; I can only show it on the field making the best of my opportunity.

“I want play as many games possible; I want give everything for the Club, the coach, players and supporters.”

Germano said it would be up to van-t Schip-s discretion as to whether he would be included in tonight-s squad of 16 against Sydney FC, but has firmly put his hand up for selection.

“You have to ask the JVS; I’m training so hard every single day to make the team,” Germano said.

“If the opportunity comes, I will take it and give my heart for the win.”