Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson will wait until tomorrow’s final training session before selecting his 15 man squad for Saturday night’s match against Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium.
Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson will wait until tomorrow-s final training session before selecting his 15 man squad for Saturday night-s match against Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium.
Ferguson has added five players to an extended squad of 20, with Travis Dodd named after getting through today-s sharp training session.
Dodd was also impressive for the Youth team on Sunday, his first game since injuring his hamstring against Sydney FC on November 12.
The former Socceroo has looked lively this week as he aims to win a recall, along with Steven McGarry and the young trio of Adam Taggart, Jesse Makarounas and Josh Risdon.
The clash with the Heart is the first of three home games for Perth Glory at home during the busy festive season after a tough start to the season on the road.
The Heart have recalled former Perth Glory captain Simon Colosimo and attackers Alex Terra and David Williams.
The visitors though will be without midfielder Jonathan Germano. The Argentinian has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Perth Glory v Melbourne Heart Saturday 17 December 2011 Venue: nib Stadium Kick Off: 7:00pm (Perth time)
TV Broadcast: Fox Sports 1 Radio broadcaster: SportFM 91.3
Head-to-Head:All matches (played 4): Perth Glory wins 1, Melbourne Heart wins 0 (3 draws)
Perth Glory squad:1.Danny Vukovic (gk), 2.Josh Mitchell, 3.Bas van den Brink, 4.Billy Mehmet, 5.Steve Pantelidis, 7.Jacob Burns (c), 8.Adam Hughes, 9.Shane Smeltz, 10.Liam Miller, 13.Travis Dodd 14.Steven McGarry 15.Tommy Amphlett, 17.Todd Howarth, 18.Jesse Makarounas, 19, Josh Risdon, 21.Mile Sterjovski, 22.Adam Taggart 25.Trent McClenahan, 27.Andrezinho, 30.Lewis Italiano (gk) * five to be omitted*
In:Travis Dodd (return from injury), Steven McGarry (promoted), Jesse Makarounas (promoted), Josh Risdon (promoted), Adam Taggart (promoted)
Unavailable:Chris Coyne (Achilles - 3 months), Victor Sikora (hip - long term injury list), Scott Neville (knee), Evan Berger (hamstring - 3-weeks), Neil Young (abdominal)
Melbourne Heart Squad:1.Clint Bolton (gk), 2.Michael Marrone, 3.Brendan Hamill, 4.Simon Colosimo, 5.Fred (C), 6.Matt Thompson, 7.Rutger Worm, 9.Maycon, 10.Wayne Srhoj, 11.Alex Terra, 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: Simon Colosimo (returns from injury), Alex Terra (promoted), David Williams (promoted) Out: Jonatan Germano (injured) Unavailable:Jonatan Germano (hamstring - two weeks), Nick Kalmar (back - four weeks), Kliment Taseski (fractured foot - indefinite)