Kean considers wide options

Kean considers wide options

Melbourne Victory interim Head Coach Steve Kean is considering his wide options in preparation for Thursday night’s game against Macarthur FC. 

Victory hosts the Bulls at AAMI Park, the Club’s first ever match against the A-League’s newest side. 

In attack

Earlier this week, Kean confirmed McManaman and Folami will miss the next game through injury.

“There are places up for grabs,” he said. 

“Elvis Kamsoba came on and done well against Central Coast. Young Lleyton Brooks is improving, especially on his defensive side of the game so he has a chance to start.”

“With injury comes opportunity for younger players,” Kean said.  

In defence

Victory will face fifth-placed Macarthur without Storm Roux and Adama Traore, who are both suspended. 

“We’ve got Brandon Lauton, Leigh Broxham and people who have played in there before that can help us until we get Storm and Adama back,” said Kean.

Roux is unavailable for the clash after an accumulation of yellow cards during the course of the season, while Traore awaits the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. 

“Hopefully we hear soon, and Adama can put his mind to rest. He has trained really well so whatever the outcome is, he’s ready to slot back in again.”

The Message

Kean is hoping the squad can build on its recent performances which have been helped by the form of goalkeeper, Matthew Acton. 

“The message that we’ve put across is ‘stay in the game’,” said Kean. 

“We’re trying to not be as expansive, and I think teams are finding it more difficult to break us down.

“Add to that the performances of Matt Acton, who has been outstanding. He has kept us in games.”

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