Squad: Merrick’s men for Melbourne


It’s a serious case of déjà vu for Ernie Merrick, as his chargers return to AAMI Park, this time to face the Victory in Round 13 of the Hyundai A-League.

As well as a change in opposition, there have been a few changes in personnel for the clash as Ronald Vargas misses through suspension.

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Ben Kantarovski is the other major omission after being withdrawn from the match day squad to face the Citizens, and is expected to miss the next month with a groin injury.

Ben Kantarovski Adelaide United

In other news, injured shot-stopper Glen Moss has been named in the squad and will battle it out with Lewis Italiano for the number one position.

Merrick has also included Ivan Vujica, Mitch Austin and Angus Thurgate in the squad, who will all be pushing for a spot on the bench this Saturday.

Angus Thurgate

As indicated earlier in the week, Joe Champness is close to a return but still remains unavailable as he builds match fitness following a foot injury.

Newcastle Jets Round 13 squad:

1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Jair, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 1.Glen MOSS (gk) (return from injury), 11.Mitch AUSTIN (promoted), 13.Ivan VUJICA (promoted), 32.Angus THURGATE (promoted)

Outs: 10.Ronald VARGAS (suspension), 40.Noah JAMES (gk) (omitted)

Unavailable: 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI (groin – 4 weeks), 24.Joe CHAMPNESS (foot – TBC)