John van’t Schip has named his extended squad to take on Sydney FC in the Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016. See who’s made the cut for the Final at AAMI Park.
City have recalled Osama Malik to the side to take on the Sky Blues on Wednesday night with the midfielder being declared fit from the adductor injury picked up against Western Sydney.
The midfielder returns to the squad at the expense of Daniel Arzani with Malik bringing his Cup experience after winning the competition with Adelaide United in the inaugural year of the competition.
van’t Schip will once again have selection headaches for the Final with his side’s impressive squad depth showcased during Sunday’s win over Wellington. With a bench boasting the likes of Tim Cahill, Nicolas Colazo and Bruce Kamau, the starting lineup is still up in the air from the back four to the front three.
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Josh ROSE, 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 6. Osama MALIK, 8.Neil KILKENNY, 9.Nicolas COLAZO, 10.Anthony CACERES, 11.Bruce KAMAU, 12.Nick FITZGERALD, 17.Tim CAHILL, 18.Paulo RETRE, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (GK), 22.Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI (C), 26.Luke BRATTAN, 27.Fernando BRANDAN **two to be omitted**
Unavailable: 7.Corey GAMEIRO (ACL – season), 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI (ACL – season)
Sydney FC squad: 4.Alex WILKINSON, 5.Matt JURMAN, 6.Josh BRILLANTE, 7.Michael ZULLO, 8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC, 9.BOBÔ, 10.Milos NINKOVIC, 11.Bernie IBINI, 13.Brandon O’NEILL, 14.Alex BROSQUE (c), 17.David CARNEY, 18.Matt SIMON, 19.George BLACKWOOD, 20.Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21.Filip HOLOSKO, 22.Sebastian RYALL, 23.Rhyan GRANT, 30.Mitch EVANS (gk) **two to be omitted**
Unavailable: 1.Vedran JANJETOVIC (gk) (personal leave – indefinite), 40.Chris OLDFIELD (gk) (Cup-tied)