Maltese striker Michael Mifsud is in line to debut for the Red and White in Melbourne Heart FC's clash with Perth Glory on Sunday, while Harry Kewell will remain sidelined.
Maltese striker Michael Mifsud is in line to debut for the Red and White in Melbourne Heart FC's Round Three clash with Perth Glory on Sunday, while Harry Kewell will remain sidelined.
Mifsud returns after featuring for Malta in two World Cup Qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Denmark.
Mifsud marked his 100th appearance against the Czech Republic with a goal - his 38th international goal for his country - and returns ready to make an immediate impact in the Hyundai A-League.
Club captain Kewell remains sidelined after suffering a nasty knock against Melbourne Victory in Round One, in which he suffered whiplash, and will not travel to Perth for the match.
Man-of-the-match against the Central Coast Mariners, David Williams, may continue in the number 10 role made vacant by the absent Kewell, after impressing with two goals in Round Two.
Mifsud will vie with Williams, Golgol Mebrahtu, Mate Dugandzic and Iain Ramsay for a place in Melbourne Heart's front four.
Perth will have Ryo Nagai and Michael Thwaite back from injury, while Shane Smeltz (hip), Travis Dodd (knee), Isaka Cernak (hip) and Josh Risdon are on the injured list for the home side.
Glory may be bouyed by the signing of former Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur defender William Gallas this week; however, the Frenchman will not be available for Sunday's game.
Sunday, 20 October 2013 Perth Glory v Melbourne Heart FC nib Stadium, Perth Kick-off: 2:00pm local (5:00pm AEDT) Referee: Kris Griffiths- Jones Assistant Referee 1: Mathew Cheeseman Assistant Referee 2: Michal Jasinski Fourth Official: David Bruce
TV Broadcast: 5.00pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sport 2 (New Zealand). Radio Broadcast: 720 ABC Perth, ABC Local Radio WA, 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Local Radio Victoria, Grandstand Digital, Online/Mobile phone app Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #PERvMHT
Perth Glory Squad: 1.Daniel VUKOVIC (GK), 2.Jack CLISBY, 3.Brandon O-NEILL, 4.Ryan EDWARDS, 5.Steve PANTELIDIS, 6.Cameron EDWARDS, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 8.Ryo NAGAI, 10.Jamie MACLAREN, 11.Adrian ZAHRA, 14.Steven McGARRY, 16.Sidnei SCIOLA MORAES, 17.Chris HAROLD, 18.Jack DUNCAN, 20.Daniel DE SILVA, 21.Scott JAMIESON, 23.Michael THWAITE, 24.Matthew DAVIES **Two to be omitted**
Ins: 24.Matthew DAVIES (promoted), 8.Ryo NAGAI (promoted), 23.Michael THWAITE (promoted) Outs: 19.Joshua RISDON (knee, 8 weeks) Unavailable: 9.Shane SMELTZ (hip - 2 weeks), 13.Travis DODD (knee - ongoing), 15.Isaka CERNAK (hip - 2 weeks), 19.Joshua RISDON (knee, 8 weeks)
Melbourne Heart FC Squad: 1.Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 3.Robbie WIELAERT (C), 5.Sam MITCHINSON, 6.Patrick GERHARDT, 7.Iain RAMSAY, 8.Massimo MURDOCCA, 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, 24.Patrick KISNORBO, 25.Andrea MIGLIORINI ***Two to be omitted*** Ins: 11.Michael MIFSUD (returns from international duty with Malta), 5.Sam MITCHINSON (promoted) Outs: Nil Unavailable: 4.Orlando ENGELAAR (Fractured tibia - long-term), 9.Dylan MACALLISTER (Hamstring - 3-6 weeks), 10.Harry Kewell (whiplash - undisclosed), 13.Jonatan GERMANO (Hamstring - three weeks)