Victory adds two players for rescheduled Jets clash


Melbourne Victory has added two players to an extended squad for its postponed match against Newcastle Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.

James Donachie returns from suspension while George Howard has been promoted to an 18-man squad, with two players to be omitted before kick-off.

The match, originally scheduled for Saturday afternoon, has been pushed back to Monday night to avoid an expected heatwave in New South Wales.

Victory is unbeaten in its past four games against the Jets, including a 4-2 win when the teams last met in January.

On its last Hyundai A-League trip to Newcastle, Victory prevailed 1-0 thanks to a goal from Fahid Ben Khalfallah in January 2016.

Worryingly for the Jets, Victory winger Marco Rojas has six goals and three assists in his past four games against Newcastle.

Victory, which won the Melbourne Derby 2-1 last week, is second on the Hyundai A-League ladder after 18 rounds, while seventh-placed Newcastle is looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Perth Glory.

Monday night’s match will be broadcast live and exclusively on Fox Sports 505 from 7.30pm AEDT.

Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 19

Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Victory
Monday, February 13, 7.50pm AEDT
McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle

TV: Live on Fox Sports 505 from 7.30pm AEDT
Radio: 1116 SEN, 1233 ABC Melbourne, ABC Grandstand Digital, A-League Live via the ABC Radio app
Online: Join the conversation on social media using #NEWvMVC

Melbourne Victory squad (two to be omitted): 2.Jason GERIA, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Marco ROJAS, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)

Ins: 17.James DONACHIE (returns from suspension), 19.George HOWARD (promoted)
Outs: Nil
Unavailable: Nil