Midfielder Wayne Srhoj and attackers Alex Terra and David Williams are the inclusions in Melbourne Heart FC’s extended squad for tomorrow night’s match against the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
Midfielder Wayne Srhoj and attackers Alex Terra and David Williams are the inclusions in Melbourne Heart FC-s extended squad for tomorrow night-s match against the Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium.
Head Coach John van ‘t Schip named an 18-man squad ahead of the trip north, recalling Terra and Williams into the selection fold, while Srhoj-s returns after serving a one-match ban.
However, the trio face a battle to force their way back into a Heart side which claimed its third win in four matches last weekend, triumphing 1-0 over the Wellington Phoenix in Morwell.
The recent rise of Dutch winger Rutger Worm, Eli Babalj-s gradual emergence as a genuine target and the continued industrious displays of Brazilian Maycon has escalated the scrap for places in the final match day squad, providing Williams and Terra a not too insurmountable mountain to climb.
But with van ‘t Schip placing significant emphasis on training performances in selecting his starting eleven, the duo have been offered ample opportunity to force their way into the selection mix this week.
Srhoj faces a similar challenge, as Heart-s significant depth and van ‘t Schip-s penchant for a three man midfield forces a scenario whereby the former Young Socceroo must try to supplant Captain Fred, Vice-Captain Matt Thompson or Argentine revelation Jonatan Germano.
With the fight for places intense, complacency is sure to be avoided as van ‘t Schip casts his eye across one of the most talent laden squads in the competition.
1.Clint Bolton (gk), 2.Michael Marrone, 3.Brendan Hamill, 5.Fred, 6.Matt Thompson, 7.Rutger Worm, 9.Maycon, 10.Wayne Srhoj, 11.Alex Terra. 13.Jonatan Germano, 15.David Williams, 16.Aziz Behich, 17.Jason Hoffman, 18.Curtis Good, 19.Eli Babalj, 23.Mate Dugandzic, 25.Adrian Madaschi, 30.Sebastian Mattei (gk) *three to be omitted*
In: Wayne Srhoj (returns from suspension), Alex Terra (returns from injury), David Williams (promoted)
Unavailable: Nick Kalmar (back – four weeks), Kliment Taseski (fractured foot – long term)