Melbourne Victory has made three inclusions into an extended match day squad, with at least two changes expected to last week’s starting XI.
Forward Fahid Ben Khalfallah picked up his fifth yellow card against Newcastle last week, meaning he is ineligible for selection in the top of the table clash.
Midfielder Rashid Mahazi was a first half substitute last week, with Victory Coach Kevin Muscat saying he expected Mahazi to be pushing for selection for Tuesday’s clash with the Wanderers.
Mark Milligan remains unavailable due to international commitments, while Daniel Georgievski and Matthieu Delpierre are expected to make their return soon.
Youngsters Andrew Nabbout, Dylan Murnane and Jordan Brown come in to the 17-man extended squad.
Melbourne Victory vs. Perth Glory
Friday, January 2, 2015, 7.40pm
Simonds Stadium, Geelong
LIVE on SBS ONE & Fox Sports 4 (ch 505)
Broadcast on SEN 1116 & ABC Grandstand
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Melbourne Victory squad: 1.Nathan COE (GK), 2. Jason GERIA, 4. Nick ANSELL, 6.Leigh BROXHAM (C), 7. Gui FINKLER, 8.Besart BERISHA, 9. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 11. Connor PAIN, 13. Andrew NABBOUT, 18. Dylan MURNANE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (GK), 21.Carl VALERI, 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 23.Adrian LEIJER, 24. Scott GALLOWAY, 26. Jordan BROWN.
**one to be omitted**
Ins: 13. Andrew NABBOUT, 18. Dylan MURNANE, 26. Jordan BROWN (all promoted)
Outs: 14. Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH (suspension – 1 match), 16. Rashid MAHAZI (hip – 1 week)
Unavailable: 5. Mark MILLIGAN (international duty) 15. Daniel GEORGIEVSKI (ankle – 1 week), 17. Matthieu DELPIERRE (foot – 3-4 weeks)