Harry Kewell, centre, has a 50-50 chance of lining up on Sunday for Melbourne Heart. Photo: Wayne Taylor
Even Socceroo Matt McKay admits he gets star-struck lining up against Harry Kewell.
But Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey believes youngster Corey Brown will have no such trouble if asked to shut down the Melbourne Heart's marquee man.
Heart coach John Aloisi has described Kewell as a 50-50 chance of returning from a two-week break nursing a whiplash complaint.
However, the Roar is prepared for the A-League superstar to run out at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday as the Heart looks to get not only its season's maiden win but also first away victory since New Year's Eve in 2011.
And it seems McKay can't wait.
Asked if he gets a buzz from taking on Kewell, McKay said: ''I do. A lot of players look up to him.
''I expect to see him. I don't think he will miss a third [game to injury]. He is a great of the game. He has got that presence about him.
''He gives their side a lot of confidence. It creates a buzz around the game.''
McKay may gush at the thought of Kewell playing, but Mulvey had every confidence in Brown not being reduced to a starry-eyed spectator this weekend.
Brown, 21, will attempt to fill the boots of injured former Socceroos defender Shane Stefanutto (hamstring), who has been ruled out for a fortnight for the A-League ladder leader.
''I have enormous faith in Corey and his ability to get the job done on Sunday,'' Mulvey said. ''We are expecting Harry to play and, if he does, it obviously adds enormously to the threat Melbourne poses.
''He is an icon of the sport in this country and it will be great for the fans up here to watch him.
''But while we will certainly pay him his due respect, Harry's inclusion is not going to change our approach.
''We are going to attack and look to play our brand of football. Corey will be a big part of that.
''If that means, at one time, he is standing on Harry, I think he is the sort of kid who will relish that opportunity.''
Stefanutto joins a long Roar injury list that also includes star striker Besart Berisha (hamstring), Irish import Liam Miller (calf), George Lambadaridis (knee) and Kofi Danning (knee).
Mulvey admitted it was the last thing he wanted after signing 20 full-time players rather than the required 23 maximum, but he has full faith in the five youngsters who have bolstered his squad, including Kwame Yeboah, who would replace Berisha for a second week.