Squad: Merrick names squad to face the Reds


Ernie Merrick has named an unchanged 18-man squad for his side’s Round 2 clash with Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium.

The Friday night clash could see the return of Ben Kantarovski (calf) who training strongly during a short week of preparations for the Jets.

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Angus Thurgate remains unavailable due to Young Socceroos duty, after making his international debut at the AFC U19 Championships – getting on the scoresheet in his second game against Vietnam.

Johnny Koutroumbis is out of hospital and recovering after surgery due to his recent Cancer diagnosis, while Joe Champness continues to progress on rehabbing his broken foot.

Johnny Koutroumbis

Newcastle Jets Round 2 squad v Adelaide United:

1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Jair, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 28.Patrick LANGLOIS, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (promoted), 28.Patrick LANGLOIS (promoted)


Unavailable: 9.Roy O¹DONOVAN (suspension –­ 8 rounds), 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS (illness ­– TBC), 24.Joe CHAMPNESS (foot – TBC), 32.Angus THURGATE (national duty)

The Jets get Round 2 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season started on the road to Adelaide United on Friday, 26 October at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:50pm (ADST), with the match broadcast live on Fox Sports and the MyFootball App.

Ben Kantarovski