A test of depth

Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell feels Sunday’s match against Melbourne Heart will test the depth of his squad.

Perth Glory coach Dave Mitchell feels Sunday-s match against Melbourne Heart will test the depth of his squad.

With Chris Coyne, Victor Sikora, Mile Sterjovski, Jamie Harnwell and Andy Todd missing, plus the club still waiting for Michael Baird-s provisional clearance to arrive, Mitchell has limited options.

“The thing is some of it is not down to injury which is annoying but we just have to get on with it.

“The one advantage is, it does give other players an opportunity to stake a claim,” Mitchell said.

For Baird, the waiting game continues, his contract dispute with his former Romanian club Universtatea Craiova still in the hands of FIFA.

“It-s frustrating how one player at another club, in the same situation was cleared two weeks ago but we can-t get Michael free to play.”

The Melbourne Heart will also be missing a trio of big names with John Aloisi, Josip Skoko and Michael Beauchamp all ruled out because of injury.

Sunday-s match will be milestone match for both Jamie Coyne and Tando Velaphi. It-s Velaphi-s 50th Hyundai A-League game for the club while Coyne will be first player to reach the ton for Perth Glory.

“For Jamie to make 100 A-League games is fantastic.

“He-s been a good servant of the club and a player who has been with us when we were down the bottom so hopefully he can enjoy some good times.

“I think Tando suffered in the early part of his career not playing enough games but it-s good because he-s now clocking them up and has come back and performed really well in the last few weeks,” Mitchell said.

Melbourne Heart v Perth Glory Sunday, 29 August 2010 AAMI Park, Melbourne Local kick-off: 5pm AEST Referee: Kurt Ams

Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 3 and FS3 HD. Hyundai A-League club broadcast partner is 774 ABC (Melbourne), SEN Digital and 882 6PR (Perth). To purchase tickets visit www.ticketek.com.au

Melbourne Heart squad: 1. Clint BOLTON, 2. Michael MARRONE, 3. Brendan HAMILL, 4.Simon COLOSIMO, 6. Matt THOMPSON, 7. Rutger WORM, 9. Gerald SIBON, 10. Wayne SRHOJ, 11. ALEX TERRA, 12. Peter ZOIS, 17. Jason HOFFMAN, 18. Ante TOMIC, 19. Eli BABALJ, 21. Kliment TASESKI, 22. Nick KALMAR, 23. Dean HEFFERNAN, 24. Aziz BEHICH *two to be omitted*

In: Kliment TASESKI, Ante TOMIC Out: 5. Michael BEAUCHAMP (ankle - 2 weeks) Unavailable: 15. John ALOISI (hamstring - 1 week), 20. Josip SKOKO (hamstring - 4-5 weeks)

Perth Glory squad: 1. Tando VELAPHI, 2. Josh MITCHELL, 3. Jamie COYNE, 7. Jacob BURNS (C), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10. Michael BAIRD, 11. Branko JELIC, 12. Scott NEVILLE, 14. Steven McGARRY, 15. Howard FONDYKE 16. Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17. Todd HOWARTH, 19. Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20. Aleks VRTESKI, 22. Anthony SKORICH, 23. ANDRIJA JUKIC *one to be omitted*

In: Howard FONDYKE (promoted), Anthony SKORICH (promoted), Michael BAIRD (Universitatea Craiova) - subject to provisional registration Out: Jamie HARNWELL (Calf - 2-3 weeks), Mile STERJOVSKI (ankle - 2 weeks) Unavailable: Andy TODD (knee- 1 weeks), Victor SIKORA (hip- 5 weeks), Chris COYNE (On loan - 12 weeks)