FOOTBALL: German Max Beister has finally overcome Australia's tough immigration laws and been added to the Melbourne Victory's squad for the A-League clash with Western Sydney Wanderers at Etihad Stadium tonight.
Beister has been training with the Victory since arriving in Australia on October 26, while waiting for a work visa.
Victory received the paperwork yesterday, clearing Beister to play.
"He's been working away, very hard, and getting close to being involved in the team but having to wait,” Victory coach Kevin Muscat said.
"Then this morning we got an email nice and early, so he had a decent spring in his step and he's looking forward to it.”
Beister joined the Victory on loan from Bundesliga club Mainz and Muscat indicated the 26-year-old would be on the bench against the Wanderers, while Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Jai Ingham are the main options to start on the right wing in the absence of Marco Rojas.
Rojas, who has scored four goals and notched four assists this season, is away with the New Zealand national team.
"(Starting Beister would) be unrealistic and irresponsible at this point in time,” Muscat said. "We've been planning all week without him as well, but he'll certainly come into contention (for the squad).”
Muscat added that captain Carl Valeri, who has missed the past two matches with hamstring soreness, was ready for 90 minutes if required.
In more immigration news for the Victory, Muscat hosed down expectations that marquee striker Besart Berisha would become an Australian citizen in January.
Reports had indicated Berisha, who first arrived in Australia in 2011, would receive his citizenship on Australia Day but Muscat said the process was far from certain.
"There's no guarantee when it's going through, so at this point in time I don't really look into it too much because it could be January, it could be July,” Muscat said.