Aloisi names 18 for season opener

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi has named a squad of 18 players for Saturday night’s Hyundai A-League blockbuster Melbourne Derby at Etihad Stadium.

Melbourne Heart FC Head Coach John Aloisi has named a squad of 18 players for Saturday night-s Hyundai A-League blockbuster Melbourne Derby at Etihad Stadium.

Captain Harry Kewell is set to make his debut in the first game of the 2013-14 campaign, while fellow new signings Patrick Kisnorbo, Robbie Wielaert, Iain Ramsay, Massimo Murdocca, Tando Velaphi and injury-replacement player Andrea Migliorini have also been named in the squad.

Striker Michael Mifsud will miss the match through international duty with the Maltese national team, while Orlando Engelaar is an obvious exclusion due to his ongoing rehab to a fractured tibia.

Dylan Macallister and Jonatan Germano, who both have hamstring injuries, will be sidelined, while Benjamin Garuccio and Stefan Mauk, who return today after international duty have been omitted.

Match Details Hyundai A-League Round 1 Melbourne Victory vs. Melbourne Heart FC Saturday 12 October 2013 Etihad Stadium, Melbourne Kick-off: 7:45pm AEDT Referee: Peter Green Assistant Referee 1: Brad Hobson Assistant Referee 2: Luke Brennan Fourth Official: Lucien Laverdure TV Broadcast: 7.45pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sports 2 (New Zealand). Radio Broadcast: 7.45pm (AEDT) Live coverage on 774 ABC Melbourne and SEN Radio (Melbourne) Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #MelbDerby To purchase tickets visit www.aleague.com.au/tickets

Melbourne Heart FC Squad: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 2. Jeremy WALKER, 3. Robbie WIELAERT, 5. Sam MITCHINSON, 6. Patrick GERHARDT, 7. Iain RAMSAY, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 10. Harry KEWELL (Captain), 14. Golgol MEBRAHTU, 15. David WILLIAMS, 16. Aziz BEHICH, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 18. David VRANKOVIC, 20. Tando VELAPHI (GK), 22. Nick KALMAR, 23. Mate DUGANDZIC, 24. Patrick KISNORBO, 25. Andrea MIGLIORINI ***Two to be Omitted*** Unavailable: 4. Orlando ENGELAAR (Fractured tibia - long-term), 9. Dylan MACALLISTER (Hamstring - 4-6 weeks), 11. Michael MIFSUD (International Duty), 13. Jonatan GERMANO (Hamstring - 3 weeks), 19. Benjamin GARUCCIO, 21. Stefan MAUK