Aloisi, Colosimo, Heffernan Named In Extended Squad

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has named John Aloisi, Simon Colosimo and Dean Heffernan in an extended squad for the side’s match with Sydney FC on Saturday night.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John van ‘t Schip has named John Aloisi, Simon Colosimo and Dean Heffernan in an extended squad for the side-s match with Sydney FC on Saturday night.

Having been spared from the taxing away trip to Wellington, Aloisi is poised to face his old side for the first time since leaving the Club following Sydney FC-s dramatic championship triumph over Victory.

Another of the heroes from Sydney-s title winning side is also in line for a return to Heart-s match day squad, with reigning Joe Marston Medallist Colosimo named after overcoming a knee injury that has sidelined him for the past two matches.

And as van ‘t Schip seeks to cover the absence of suspended vice-captain Matt Thompson, who was sent-off against Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium, capped Socceroo Heffernan has earned a recall after recovering from illness.

Rutger Worm (groin) and Eli Babalj (hip and thigh) are unavailable after picking up injuries against Brisbane Roar last Saturday, while Kamal Ibrahim and Ante Tomic remain on the injury list for at least the next two to three weeks.

Melbourne Heart vs. Sydney FC Saturday, 27 November 2010 AAMI Park, Melbourne Local kick-off: 8:15pm Referee: Alan Milliner Assistant referees: Hakan Anaz and Shaun Evans Fourth official: Lucien Laverdure

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 3, FS3 HD & Sky Sport 1 (NZ). Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 774 ABC (Melbourne), SEN Digital. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Melbourne Heart FC: 1. Clint BOLTON, 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Brendan HAMILL, 4. Simon COLOSIMO, 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP, 9. Gerald SIBON, 10. Wayne SRHOJ, 11. Alex TERRA, 12. Peter ZOIS, 15. John ALOISI, 16. Aziz BEHICH, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 20. Josip SKOKO, 21. Kliment TASESKI, 22. Nick KALMAR, 23. Dean HEFFERNAN, 25. Adrian ZAHRA *two to be omitted*

In: Simon COLOSIMO (returns from injury), John ALOISI (returns from rest), Dean HEFFERNAN (returns from illness) Out: Matt THOMPSON (suspended - 1 week) Unavailable: Rutger WORM (groin 2-3 weeks), Eli BABALJ (hip and thigh 6-8 weeks), Kamal IBRAHIM (quad 2-4 weeks), Ante TOMIC (hip 3-4 weeks)