Coyne out of Phoenix clash

Perth Glory defender Jamie Coyne will miss the club’s big match against Wellington Phoenix on Sunday after being unable to overcome a thigh strain in time to fly out with team mates on Friday.

Perth Glory defender Jamie Coyne will miss the club-s big match against Wellington Phoenix after being unable to overcome a thigh strain in time to fly out with team mates on Friday.

Coyne picked up a knock against Melbourne last Sunday and was unable to train fully during the week. While scans cleared him of any significant damage there was a risk he could further aggravate the injury by playing against the Phoenix.

“Jamie was close in terms of selection but we didn-t want to take any risks that could have seen him out of action for a longer time,” Mitchell said.

“Unfortunately he-s had a few knocks this season but he-d come back in and done well for us so it-s a bit of a blow.

“We-re fortunate to have cover in each position this season and whoever comes in will do a job for us.”

Youngster Ludovic Boi has also missed the flight across the Tasman after succumbing to a hamstring strain at Thursday-s training session. The injury is ill-timed for the 20 year old who was pushing hard to establish his credentials at the top level after making his Hyundai A-League debut last week against the Victory.

Youth team utility Ryan Pearson has travelled as part of a 16 man Glory squad and could make his first senior appearance on Sunday.

Hyundai A-League 2009/10 - Rd 14

Wellington Phoenix v Perth Glory Sunday, 8 November 2009 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Kick-off: 12.00pm (AWST) Referee: Matthew Gillett

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TV broadcast on Fox Sports 2 and Sky Sports 1

Perth Glory Squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI (gk), 4.Andy TODD, 6.Chris COYNE, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 10.Wayne SRHOJ, 11.Branko JELIC, 12.Scott NEVILLE, 13.Scott BULLOCH, 14.Eugene DADI, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI (gk), 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 23.Andrija JUKIC, 27.Ryan PEARSON *one to be omitted*

In: Branko JELIC (return from illness), Scott BULLOCH (promoted), Ryan PEARSON (promoted from Youth team) Out: Jamie COYNE (thigh - 1 week), Ludovic BOI (hamstring - tba) Unavailable: Jimmy DOWNEY (knee - 1 week), Brent GRIFFITHS (hamstring - 4 weeks), Jamie HARNWELL (knee - 5 weeks), Victor SIKORA (hamstring - 2 weeks)