It’s been a tough and frustrating period for Bruce Kamau but the talented attacker-come-defender is ready to make up for lost time against Melbourne City at Bankwest Stadium this Friday night.
One of a host of impressive performers during the seemingly never-ending pre-season, Kamau was unfortunately struck down with a groin injury with the start of the Hyundai A-League season agonizingly in sight.
It saw him spend almost two months on the sidelines as he worked tirelessly to get back to peak fitness as the Wanderers got off to a terrific start, going unbeaten in their opening four games.
The 24-year-old is expected to be included in the match day squad for the game against his former club and he can’t wait to get back on the field.
“I am back training and, fitness wise, I am back up there,” said Kamau on Big Sports Breakfast this morning.
“Last week’s bye has helped even more and given me that extra bit of time to make sure everything is ok.
“I am fully fit and available.”
In the little over 12 months he has been at the Wanderers since joining from City last season, Kamau has shown his versatility and ability to adapt his game.
Kamau was originally signed as an attacker, but head coach Markus Babbel saw something in him that suggested he could be useful playing in a deeper role.
Full of pace and energy, Kamau really developed his game and was very comfortable getting up and down the right flank using his speed and skill, while his crossing provided plenty of opportunities for the strikers.
While he admits he still prefers to play further up the field as a winger, Kamau is happy to do whatever is needed for the benefit of the team.
“I have been moved around because we have a few different systems, but I am happy to do whatever the coach needs me to do,” Kamau added.
Kamau expects the third-placed Red & Black to bounce back from their first loss of the season to Western United two weeks ago against a City side that is top of the table.
“City are a good side and have some excellent players like (Jamie) Maclaren,” said Kamau.
“It is definitely going to be a great game.
“But, we will focus on ourselves. If we do what we need to do we will get the right result.”