Squad Announcement: Round 26


Melbourne Heart FC could miss up to four key players for the Club’s Round 26 Hyundai A-League clash against Brisbane Roar this Sunday.

Melbourne Heart FC could miss up to four key players for the Club’s Round 26 Hyundai A-League clash against Brisbane Roar this Sunday.

Central defensive pairing Patrick Gerhardt and Simon Colosimo will be missing through international duty and suspension, respectively, while Jonatan Germano and captain Fred have suffered strains in training this week.

Gerhardt left this week to join the Liberian national team in preparation for his country’s World Cup Qualifier against Uganda on Monday 25 March.

Colosimo is serving a one match ban after receiving two cautions in Heart’s 3-1 loss against Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday.

Colosimo and Gerhardt will miss this week’s trip to Brisbane, although are likely to be available for selection against Central Coast Mariners next Sunday.

Midfield pairing Germano and Fred sustained hamstring and quad strains, respectively, in training yesterday and are unlikely to be available for selection against the Roar this weekend.

That paves the way for Nick Kalmar, Marcel Meeuwis and Jason Hoffman to vie for starting berths, while Head Coach John Aloisi will finalise his central defensive partnership in the coming days.

To see all of Heart’s ins and outs this week, see below.

Sunday March 24
Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Heart
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
Kick off: 4:00 PM
Referee: Matt Gillett
Assistant referee 1: Anton Shchetinin
Assistant referee 2: Andrew Lindsay
Fourth official: Adam Kersey
Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sports 3

ABC Radio Coverage: Score updates during Grandstand programs

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Brisbane Roar squad: 1. Michael Theo (gk), 3. Shane Stefanutto, 4. Matt Jurman, 5. Ivan Franjic, 7. Besart Berisha, 8. Massimo Murdocca, 9. Stef Nijland, 10. Henrique, 11. Ben Halloran, 14. Steven Lustica, 15. James Donachie, 17. Mitch Nichols, 18. Luke Brattan, 19. Jack Hingert, 20. Matt Acton (gk), 22. Thomas Broich (c), 25. George Lambadaridis, 26. Corey Brown (three to be omitted)
Ins: 4. Matt Jurman (promoted), 10. Henrique (returns from injury), 25. George Lambadaridis (promoted), 26. Corey Brown (promoted)
Outs: 13. Jade North (International duty – Socceroos)
Unavailable: 2. Matt Smith (hip – season)

Melbourne Heart FC squad: 1. Clint Bolton, 3. Cameron Edwards, 8. Matt Thompson, 9. Dylan Macallister, 10. Josip Tadic, 11. Richard Garcia, 14. Golgol Mebrathu, 15. David Williams, 16. Marcel Meeuwis, 17. Jason Hoffman, 18. David Vrankovic, 19. Ben Garuccio, 20. Andrew Redmayne, 21. Jamie Coyne, 22. Nick Kalmar, 24. Sam Mitchinson, 25. Jeremy Walker, 36. Eli Babalj (Three to be omitted)

Ins: 3. Cameron Edwards, 9. Dylan Macallister, 17. Jason Hoffman, 19. Ben Garuccio, 36. Eli Babalj
Outs: 4. Simon Colosimo (one week – suspended), 5. Fred (injury – undisclosed), 6. Patrick Gerhardt (international duty), 13. Germano (injury – undisclosed)
Unavailable: 23. Mate Dugandzic (broken foot – season)