Championship glory looms as football returns for Milos Degenek
Socceroos defender Milos Degenek returns to league action on Saturday morning (3:30am AEST) and could claim Championship silverware if FK Crvena zvezda defeat Rad Beograd.
Red Star Belgrade currently have an 11-point lead at the top of the Serbian SuperLiga and one more win would secure them the Championship with four games left to play in the season.
Degenek is hoping that his side is able to celebrate the potential title in front of their home fans.
"The last game of the season is at home... I hope by that time that they do let the fans in the stadium because there's talk here (in Serbia) that maybe they can get fans into the stadium," he told Stats Perform.
He added, “But I think we will find a way somehow to celebrate with the fans, whether it's inside the stadium or outside."
Having been unable to play for over two months, Degenek said that he is really excited to be back after such a long break.
“We trained and maintained our fitness but just the fact you lack that pure competition, the games, winning, checking the ladder, checking how other teams went, so that's what has been missing for a while,” said Degenek.
“It kind of gets depressing when you can't play every week. It gets even more depressing when you realise it wasn't a break, it was just due to health issues and reasons.
“(I'm) happy that it's back after a while and hopefully it never stops again."
It could prove to be a big week of milestones for Degenek.
In addition to potentially winning a league title in his first game back in over two months, he also celebrated the anniversary of his Socceroos debut against England in 2016.
At the time, the centre back said that he was quite surprised to receive the call up and was not sure of what to expect with the big-name players that were in the squad.
“I was obviously nervous, (and I ) couldn’t wait to get started as well," he told Socceroos.com.au.
"During the training sessions, I didn’t think I was going to play. I thought, 'do my best in training and hopefully get another chance, get another call up to go and play at a different time'.
“I did my best in training and when the game came along, I was fortunate to get the last 20 minutes to play.
“I remember when Aaron Mooy passed me the ball, I thought just cross the ball in and hope for the best. It was a really good cross and (Eric) Dier put it into his own net.
“I thought I did quite well. I was very happy that my debut was against England and that I debuted for my country. I made myself, family, and all my friends very proud.”