Misfiring Melbourne Victory attack set to be boosted by Ola Toivonen debut

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The Swedish striker is edging closer to a first appearance for Kevin Muscat's side at a vital time

In a team supposedly full of attacking riches, it's surprising to note than none of Melbourne Victory's strikers have scored in their first three A-League games.

Kosta Barbarouses, Kenny Athiu and Jai Ingham have featured as one of the two strikers in a 4-1-2-1-2 diamond formation, with the goals coming from Keisuke Honda, Terry Antonis and Storm Roux so far.

With Athiu now injured and Barbarouses not really suited to being the no.1 centre forward, Victory's attack has struggled to be fluent, but that could all change with the imminent arrival of marquee striker Ola Toivonen.

The Swede has yet to make an appearance this season after suffering a calf injury in training prior to Victory's opening A-League match in the derby against Melbourne City.

But likely strike partner Barbarouses has revealed the 32-year-old is progressing well with his fitness and could even make his club debut against Central Coast Mariners on Sunday.

"[Toivonen] tells me he's feeling good. I sit next to him in the locker (room). Going by what he's telling me, he should be in the mix," Barbarouses said.

"He's training. He did part of the session with us today (then) as a precaution he came out and did his own stuff towards the end.

"If it was up to him I'm sure he would be playing on Sunday."

Toivonen's large 191cm frame shouls trouble even the most experienced A-League defenders, with the striker scoring a goal for Sweden against Germany at the recent World Cup in Russia.

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The prospect of Toivonen and Barbarouses linking up in a large-and-little strike duo should be salivating for Victory fans, along with Japanese marquee Honda swinging in quality delivery.

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Barbarouses, who has played most of his career as a right winger, is revelling in the change to a more central position and says he is excited to have the chance to get on the scoresheet more often.

"I'm really liking playing up there, getting into really good goalscoring opportunities," he said.

"That's my role for the season. That's where Kev wants me to play."

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