Team News: Melbourne City v Wellington Phoenix


The teams are in for this week’s Australia Day eve clash with Wellington Phoenix at AAMI Park. See who’s in and who’s out of this week’s side!

For the first time in a fortnight, John van’t Schip will be forced to make changes to his side as Jack Clisby sits out through suspension after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Perth while David Williams has been released by the Club to pursue an opportunity overseas.

With the out’s come significant in’s as City see the return of Ivan Franjic from a corked quad while Stefan Mauk heads back from the Olyroos’ unsuccessful Rio 2016 qualification campaign. Loanee Anthony Caceres is also available this weekend joining Steve Kuzmanovski in the extended side that will be cut to 16 90 minutes before kick-off.

The Phoenix were dealt the cruel blow this week with exciting winger Roy Krishna suffering an ankle injury that will see him miss at least 10 weeks, while defensive stalwart Ben Signmund continues his rehabilitation for a hip injury. Manny Muscat returns from suspension for the ‘Nix while young-gun Louis Fenton is due to make an appearance for Ernie Merrick’s side after recovering from injury.

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Match Details

Monday 25 January 2016

Melbourne City FC v Wellington Phoenix

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-Off: 7:30 PM (Local) (7:30 PM (AEDT))

Referee: Peter Green

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 1 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: Grandstand Digital, Online & via the ABC Radio Mobile App – A-league Live.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hash-tag #MCYvWEL

To purchase tickets visit www.aleague.com.au/tickets and don’t forget that this Monday, kids go free!

Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Thomas SORENSEN (GK), 3.Aaron HUGHES, 5.Ivan FRANJC, 6.Erik PAARTALU, 8.Aaron MOOY, 9.Harry NOVILLO, 11.Michael ZULLO, 16.Jason TRIFIRO, 17.Wade DEKKER, 18.Paulo RETRE, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Dean BOUZANIS (GK), 21.Stefan MAUK , 23.Bruno FORNAROLI, 24.Patrick KISNORBO (c), 25.Jacob MELLING, 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI, 29.Anthony CACERES

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Ivan FRANJIC (returns from injury), 21.Stefan MAUK (return from Olyroos duty), 28.Steve KUZMANOVSKI (promoted), 29.Anthony CACERES (new on-loan signing)

Outs: 15.David WILLIAMS (released), 22.Jack CLISBY (suspension – 1 week)

Unavailable: 4.Connor CHAPMAN (knee – 2 months), 7.Corey GAMEIRO (knee – season), 14.James BROWN (fitness – 1 week)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Manny MUSCAT, 3.Justin GULLEY, 4.Roly BONEVACIA, 5.Troy DANASKOS, 6.Dylan FOX, 8.Alex RODRIGUEZ, 10.Michael MCGLINCHEY, 11.Kwabena  APPIAH, 12.Blake POWELL, 13.Albert RIERA, 16.Louis FENTON, 17.Vince LIA, 19.Tom DOYLE, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (GK), 22.Andrew DURANTE (c), 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 28.Joel STEVENS

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 2.Manny MUSCAT (returns from suspension), 16.Louis FENTON (returns from injury)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: 14.Alex RUFER (broken leg – season), 18.Ben SIGMUND (hip – 2-3 weeks), 21.Roy KRISHNA (ankle – 10-12 weeks)