Melbourne City FC has named its squad for Easter Sunday's blockbuster clash against Newcastle Jets, with the preliminary squad unchanged from last Thursday.
Osama Malik has not been able to recover from his quad complaint in time for the second versus third clash, although the midfielder has resumed more intense training this week. Long-term absentee Iacopo La Rocca remains sidelined due to a calf issue as he continues to work towards full fitness.
Captain Michael Jakobsen remains in the squad, having returned to training this week after a niggle saw him replaced during the 3-0 win over Western Sydney Wanderers last Saturday.
For the home side, former City defender Jason Hoffman will be missing due to suspension, joining Corey Brown (calf) and Nigel Boogaard (knee) on the unavailable list.
Despite having three defensive players out, the hosts are likely to have addition firepower in the forward line with Dimi Petratos returning from national duty with the Socceroos and Irish forward Roy O'Donovan returning from suspension.
Check out all of the ins and outs below.
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Newcastle Jets v Melbourne City FC
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Kick-Off: 5:00 PM (Local) (5:00 PM AEST)
Referee: Jarred Gillett
Assistant Referee 1: Ryan Gallagher
Assistant Referee 2: Ashley Beecham
Fourth Official: Stephen Lucas
Video Assistant Referee: Kris Griffiths-Jones
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 501 from 4.30pm (AEDT)
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Newcastle Jets squad: 1.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Ronald VARGAS, 9.Roy O'DONOVAN, 11.Patricio RODRIGUEZ, 12.Mario SHABOW, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Glen MOSS (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 24.Joseph CHAMPNESS, 27.Riley MCGREE, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (c)
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Dimi PETRATOS (return from national duty) 9.Roy O’DONOVAN (return from suspension), 12.Mario SHABOW (promoted), 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS (promoted)
Outs: 3.Jason HOFFMAN (suspension – 1 week), 10.Wayne BROWN (calf – 2 weeks)
Unavailable: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (knee – 6 weeks)
Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Dean BOUZANIS (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3. Scott JAMIESON, 4. Harrison DELBRIDGE, 5.Bart SCHENKEVELD, 7. Nick FITZGERALD, 8.Oliver BOZANIC, 10.Dario VIDOSIC, 11.Bruce Kamau, 13. Stefan MAUK, 14.Daniel ARZANI, 15.Denis GENREAU, 18. Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 22. Michael JAKOBSEN, 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 27. Marcin BUDZINSKI, 37.Nathaniel ATKINSON
**two to be omitted**
Ins: 11.Bruce Kamau (promoted), 15.Denis GENREAU (promoted)
Unavailable: 6.Osama MALIK (quad)