Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi has named a preliminary 18-man squad for the Red and White's trip to Suncorp Stadium to face Brisbane Roar in Round 4 of the Hyundai A-League
Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi has named a preliminary 18-man squad for the Red and White's trip to Suncorp Stadium to face Brisbane Roar in Round 4 of the Hyundai A-League.
The squad includes captain Harry Kewell who has recently been sidelined through a whiplash injury sustained in Round One against Melbourne Victory.
Kewell joined his teammates in training this week; however, could face a race against the clock to reach full fitness to be handed a start by Aloisi for the match against Mike Mulvey's Roar.
Melbourne Heart will miss key central defender Patrick Kisnorbo for the trip to Queensland after the defender suffered cartilage damage to his right knee against Perth Glory.
But Patrick Gerhardt, who performed consistently for the Red and White last season, is likely to slot into defence next to Robbie Wielaert in Kisnorbo's absence, ensuring that the side will maintain a solid defensive structure.
Melbourne Heart's midfield could maintain consistency with the effective pairing of Andrea Migliorini and Massimo Murdocca likely to remain as a midfield pairing; however, Kewell and Nick Kalmar could potentially vie for a spot in midfield.
Brisbane are missing Liam Miller (calf), Besart Berisha (hamstring) and George Lambadardis, but will pose a strong challenge for Melbourne Heart at Suncorp Stadium.
Sunday, 3 November 2013 Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart FC Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Kick-off: 4:00pm local (5:00pm AEDT) Referee: Lucien Laverdure Assistant Referee 1: Ashley Beecham Assistant Referee 2: Andrew Lindsay Fourth Official: Alan Milliner
TV Broadcast: 4.30pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand). Radio Broadcast: 612 ABC Brisbane, ABC Local Radio Queensland, 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Local Radio Victoria, Grandstand Digital Brisbane and Melbourne Online/Mobile phone app. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #BRIvMHT
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Brisbane Roar squad: 1.Michael THEO (gk), 2.Matthew SMITH (c), 3.Shane STEFANUTTO, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 10.HENRIQUE, 12.Julius DOE, 13.Jade NORTH, 14.Diogo FERREIRA, 15.James DONACHIE, 17.Matt McKAY, 18.Luke BRATTAN, 19.Jack HINGERT, 29.Matthew ACTON (gk), 22.Thomas BROICH, 23.Dimitri PETRATOS, 26.Corey BROWN, 28.Brandon BORRELLO, 29.Kwame YEBOAH ***Two to be omitted*** Ins: Julius DOE (promoted), Diogo FERREIRA (promoted), Brandon BORRELLO (promoted) Out: Liam MILLER (calf - two weeks) Unavailable: Besart BERISHA (hamstring - one week), George LAMBADARDIS (knee - season)
Melbourne Heart FC Squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 3.Robbie WIELAERT, 5.Sam MITCHINSON, 6.Patrick GERHARDT, 7.Iain RAMSAY, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 10.Harry Kewell (Captain), 11.Michael MIFSUD, 14.Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15.David WILLIAMS, 16.Aziz BEHICH, 17.Jason HOFFMAN, 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO, 20.Tando VELAPHI (GK), 21.Stefan MAUK, 22.Nick KALMAR, 23.Mate DUGANDZIC, 25.Andrea MIGLIORINI ***Two to be omitted*** Ins: 10.Harry KEWELL (returns from injury), 5.Sam MITCHINSON (promoted), 19.Benjamin GARUCCIO (promoted), 22.Nick KALMAR (promoted) Outs: 28.Paulo RETRE (omitted), 24.Patrick KISNORBO (knee - 3 weeks) Unavailable: 4.Orlando ENGELAAR (Fractured tibia - long-term), 9.Dylan MACALLISTER (Hamstring - 3-5 weeks), 13.Jonatan GERMANO (Hamstring - three weeks),