Match of the week
Adelaide United has received a huge boost on the eve of Friday’s match of the week against Perth Glory with star striker Matthew Leckie released from the Young Socceroos camp.
Adelaide United has received a huge boost on the eve of Friday-s match of the week against Perth Glory with star striker Matthew Leckie released from the Young Socceroos camp.
The A-League-s hottest forward - with 4 goals - will now line-up for the Reds, in the top three showdown after he was granted leave by Football Federation Australia (FFA) to return to Adelaide for the match against Perth
“We worked it out a couple of days ago (how we would line up without Leckie) but then we heard the news that he was available, so that was the reason we didn-t have to change something in the last training session,” Adelaide United Coach Rini Coolen said.
“I-m real happy. You want to play with the whole team that you played with in the last couple of weeks, and Leckie was in it and an important player for us.
“At the start of the week we thought we couldn-t play with him, but something changed in the last couple of days…so he can play tomorrow.
“He is really fresh and fit, and he-s really looking forward to playing the game tomorrow. He is ready and he is focused,” Coolen concluded.
Hyundai A-League 2010/11 Season - Week 8
Adelaide United FC v Perth Glory Friday 24 September 2010, Hindmarsh Stadium Kick-Off: 6pm (AWST) Referee: Matthew Breeze TV: Live and exclusive on FOX Sports 2 Radio: 882 6PR
Adelaide United squad: 1.Eugene GALEKOVIC (gk), 2.Robert CORNTHWAITE, 4.Iain FYFE, 7.Lucas PANTELIS (c), 8.Adam HUGHES, 9.Sergio VAN DIJK, 10.Marcos FLORES, 12.Paul REID, 15.Francesco MONTEROSSO, 16.Inseob SHIN, 17.Iain RAMSAY, 19.Mathew LECKIE, 20.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 24.Cameron WATSON, 26.Joe KEENAN
In: Francesco MONTEROSSO (promoted), Fabian BARBIERO (returns from injury)
Out: CASSIO (suspended - 1 match)
Unavailable: Daniel MULLEN (international duty - 1 week), Nigel BOOGAARD (ankle - 7 weeks), Lloyd OWUSU (knee - indefinite)
Perth Glory squad: 1.Tando VELAPHI, 2.Josh MITCHELL, 3.Jamie COYNE, 4.Andy TODD, 5.Jamie HARNWELL, 7.Jacob BURNS (c), 9.Robbie FOWLER, 10.Michael BAIRD, 11.Branko JELIC, 14.Steven McGARRY, 16.Adriano PELLEGRINO, 17.Todd HOWARTH, 19.Naum SEKULOVSKI, 20.Aleks VRTESKI, 21.Mile STERJOVSKI, 22.Anthony SKORICH *one to be omitted*
In: Anthony SKORICH (promoted)
Unavailable: Victor SIKORA (hip - 2 weeks), Chris COYNE (on loan - 8 weeks), Scott NEVILLE (international duty - 1 week)