Melbourne Victory has added two players to an extended squad for Wednesday night’s match against Central Coast Mariners.
Mitch Austin returns from injury, while Rashid Mahazi has been promoted for the Hyundai A-League clash at AAMI Park.
Austin, who injured his ankle in last month’s 2-0 win over Newcastle Jets, has trained strongly this week.
Victory is undefeated in its past nine matches against the Mariners, conceding more than a single goal in a game just once across that span.
Victory is also unbeaten against Central Coast in Melbourne since 2009.
Third on the Hyundai A-League ladder with two games in hand, Victory can return to second position with a win or draw against the Mariners.
Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 12
Melbourne Victory v Central Coast Mariners
Wednesday, December 28, 7.50pm AEDT
AAMI Park, Melbourne
TV: Live on Fox Sports 505 from 7.00pm AEDT
Radio: 774 ABC Melbourne, 92.5 ABC Central Coast, ABC Local Radio Vic, A-League Live via the ABC Radio app, ABC Grandstand Digital, SEN 1116, Coast FM 96.3
Online: Join the conversation on social media using #MVCvCCM
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, 9.Max BEISTER, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James DONACHIE, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 23.Jai INGHAM, 40.Matt ACTON (gk)
Ins: 11.Mitch AUSTIN (returns from injury), 16.Rashid MAHAZI (promoted)
Unavailable: 19.George HOWARD (knee – 1 week), 27.Alastair BRAY (gk) (shoulder – 3-4 months)