The teams are in for Easter Monday’s clash against Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park. See who’s in and who’s out of this week’s side.
The international break has seen John van’t Schip flex his squad depth this week with the exclusion of Aaron Mooy and Alex Wilkinson through Socceroos duty.
In comes ample replacement for both players with midfielders Jason Trifiro and Paulo Retre and defender Jack Clisby into the extended squad, with more options available on last week’s bench to fill the starting positions.
Although the Nix are all but out of the race for the finals, Ernie Merrick has named another strong side for the Round 25 clash.
Livewire Roy Krishna makes a return from a long-term ankle injury and may play a role for the Nix while the Kiwis will be missing Tom Doyle through suspension.
Monday, 28 March 2016
Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7:30 PM (Local) (7:30 PM (AEDT))
Referee: Chris Beath
Assistant Referee 1: George Lakrindis
Assistant Referee 2: Brad Hobson
Fourth Official: Lucien Laverdure
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport X (New Zealand)
Radio Broadcast: 774 ABC Melbourne ABC Local Radio Vic, Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live. SEN Radio (Melbourne).
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Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (gk), 4.Connor CHAPMAN, 5.Ivan FRANJIC, 9.Harry NOVILLO, 11.Michael ZULLO, 14.James BROWN, 16.Jason TIFIRO, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 22.Jack CLISBY, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO, 25.Jacob MELLING, 26.Marc MARINO, 27.Nick FITZGERALD, 29.Anthony CACERES, 33.Osama MALIK
Ins: 16.Jason TRIFIRO (promoted), 18.Paulo RETRE (promoted), 22.Jack CLISBY (promoted), 14.James BROWN (promoted)
Outs: 2.Alex WILKINSON (international duty – 1 week), 8.Aaron MOOY (international duty – 1 week)
Unavailable: 3.Aaron HUGHES (international duty), 7.Corey GAMEIRO (knee – season), 17.Wade DEKKER (ankle – season)
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Justin GULLEY, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 6.Dylan FOX, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 12.Blake POWELL, 13.Albert RIERA, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Vince LIA, 18.Ben SIGMUND, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 21.Roy KRISHNA, 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 26.Hamish WATSON
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 3.Justin GULLEY (promoted), 21.Roy KRISHNA (returns from injury)
Outs: 19.Thomas DOYLE (suspended – 1 week)
Unavailable: 14.Alex RUFER (broken leg – season)