Socceroo Eli Babalj has continued his rehabilitation from a six-month lay-off with a first-half double for Jong AZ in their 8-2 win over ADO 20 on Tuesday night.
Babalj, 22, had returned last week by playing 45 minutes for Jong AZ having undergone hernia surgery in September.
In his second game back, the potential World Cup bolter got through an hour in Tuesday’s match and hit the scoresheet with goals on 11 and 23 minutes to set up the win. Babalj opened his account from the penalty spot.
"Today he played for an hour according to the plan,” Jong AZ coach Reinier Robbemond told the club’s website.
“It's great for Eli to have scored twice. His next steps in training are up to him.”
Former Melbourne Heart striker Babalj has two Australia caps to his name, with two goals as well, scored against Guam.
Despite his last Australia cap coming in 2012, Babalj could be a World Cup bolter with the Socceroos short on attacking options.