Squad close to full strength

Melbourne Heart FC will have a near full-strength squad for this Friday night's match against Sydney FC, with the return of David Williams and Patrick Gerhardt from injury.

Melbourne Heart FC will have a near full-strength squad for this Friday night's match against Sydney FC, with the return of David Williams and Patrick Gerhardt from injury.

Williams and Gerhardt return after missing Melbourne Heart's 2-2 draw at Hindmarsh Stadium against Adelaide United last Saturday, after both sustained minor ankle injuries in the side's 3-1 win over Newcastle Jets a fortnight ago.

Both players trained with the group throughout the week and at the team's familiarisation session at AAMI Park this morning, and have been included in the squad for the Round 17 clash.

However, Head Coach John van't Schip has not revealed whether either player will slot straight back into the starting line-up, given Gerhardt's replacement, Patrick Kisnorbo, was on the score sheet against Adelaide.

Van't Schip has a selection headache in midfield with Orlando Engelaar and Jonatan Germano also back to fitness.

Friday, 31 January 2014 Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC AAMI Park, Melbourne Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEDT) Referee: Jarred Gillett Assistant Referee 1: David Walsh Assistant Referee 2: George Lakrindis Fourth Official: Shaun Evans

TV broadcast: 6.30pm (AEDT) Live coverage on FOX Sports 1HD, SBS 2 and on Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand). Radio Broadcast: ABC Radio Coverage Full coverage Online/Mobile phone app. SBS Radio. Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #MHTvSYD To purchase tickets visit www.aleague.com.au/tickets

Melbourne Heart FC Squad: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 3. Robbie WIELAERT, 4. Orlando ENGELAAR, 6. Patrick GERHARDT, 7. Iain RAMSAY, 8. Massimo MURDOCCA, 10. Harry KEWELL (C), 11.Michael MIFSUD, 13. Jonatan GERMANO, 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 **Two to be omitted** Ins: 6. Patrick GERHARDT (returns from injury), 15. David WILLIAMS (returns from injury), Outs: Nil Unavailable: Nil

Sydney FC squad: 1.Ivan NECEVSKI (go), 2.Seb RYALL, 4.Ranko DESPOTOVIC, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Nikola PETKOVIC, 9.Corey GAMEIRO, 10.Alessandro DEL PIERO (c), 11. Richard GARCIA, 19.Nick CARLE, 20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (go), 21. Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 22.Ali ABBAS, 24. Hagi GLIGOR, 25. Daniel PETKOVSKI, 28.Matt THOMPSON, 29. Alec UROSEVSKI, 35. Dylan CATON **One to be omitted** Ins: 11. Richard GARCIA (return from injury), 35. Dylan CATON (promoted), Outs: 15.Terry MCFLYNN (quad injury) Unavailable: Rhyan GRANT (knee - season), Peter TRIANTIS (groin - indefinite), Pedj BOJIC (back - 2 weeks) Terry MCFLYNN (quad - 2-3 weeks), Joel CHIANESE (hamstring - 1 week)