Match-winner Leckie still weeks off his best

Socceroo Mathew Leckie admits he’s still a few weeks away from feeling 100 per cent fit despite a match-winning performance for FC Ingolstadt on Sunday.

Leckie returned from an abdominal complaint in style, with a neat low left-foot finish to open the scoring in the second half of Sunday’s 2-0 win over Greuther Furth in 2.Bundesliga.

The Australian, who was busy throughout, also laid off the pass for Pascal Gross’ long-range strike which sealed the victory.

Leckie was substituted late in the contest, having spent time last week training alone as part of a private rehabilitation program following the persistent complaint.

“I'm a bit tired, but that's normal,” Leckie told the Ingolstadt website on Monday.

“Also, I’m very happy that I got plenty of game-time. I certainly was not 100 per cent fit, but I still found energy and my strong moments.

“Of course, I still need time until I can physically fully utilise my potential again – probably not for a few weeks, but I'm very optimistic.”

Leckie may be close to full fitness in time for next month’s friendlies against Belgium and Saudi Arabia, having been named in Ange Postecoglou’s 20-man Australia squad last week.

The former Adelaide United man also said he was delighted with Sunday’s result which moves Ingolstadt up to fifth on the table after three games.

“The victory on Sunday gave us the energy we want to take into the next game,” he said.

“We are obviously in a good mood, but still there’s a long way to go.”

Next up for Leckie’s Ingolstadt is an away trip to 16th placed Sandhausen on Sunday.