This weekend is a double match up against the Wellington Phoenix with the Men playing in New Zealand while the Women host the Kiwi’s at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium in Kogarah.
With international call ups still in force, both squads continue to be rotated.
While Adam Le Fondre makes his way back from injury, a welcome sight for Sydney FC fans will be that he is the only one currently spending time on the treatment table.
Unfortunately, after picking up a red card in last week’s Big Blue victory, Max Burgess will miss this match and next week’s Sydney Derby at Allianz Stadium. This possibly opens the door for Alex Parsons or Jaiden Kucharski who have impressed in their cameos off the bench this season.
Tom Heward-Belle comes back into the squad for this clash along with Oscar Priestman and Matthew Scarcella.
Adrian Segecic and Jake Girdwood-Reich are still away with the Australian U20’s after progressing through the group stage of the AFC U20’s Asian Cup with wins over Qatar and Iran.
Sydney FC squad: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 2. James DONACHIE, 3. Joel KING, 4. Alex WILKINSON ©, 6. Jack RODWELL, 8. Paulo RETRE, 10. Joe LOLLEY, 11. Robert MAK, 12. Pat WOOD, 17. Anthony CACERES, 18. Diego CABALLO, 21. Alex PARSONS, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 25. Jaiden KUCHARSKI, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 29. Aaron GURD, 30. Adam PAVLESIC (GK), 31. Oscar PRIESTMAN, 32. Matthew SCARCELLA. (2-3 to be omitted)
Ins: 31. Oscar PRIESTMAN (promoted), 32. Matthew SCARCELLA (promoted).
Outs: 22. Max BURGESS (suspended).
Unavailable: 9. Adam LE FONDRE (injured), 19. Adrian SEGECIC (international duty), 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK) (concussion), 28. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH (international duty).
Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC
Isuzu UTE A-League Round 20
Sunday 12th March 2023
Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand
Kick Off: 1:00pm AEDT (3:00pm Local)
Broadcast Live: Paramount+
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For Ante Juric, his squad depth is being stretched to the limit with a number of players unavailable during this key time of the season.
Last weekend in the top of the table clash with Western United, in the space of one minute, he lost three of his consistent starters. Nat Tobin was shown a questionable second yellow card and a subsequent red and from the following free kick, Charlotte Mclean and Jada Whyman collided and both left the field with concussion.
Charlotte Mclean will have surgery this week on a fractured cheek bone and is expected to return to playing action in four weeks.
All three women will miss this clash.
Shay Hollman, Tahlia Franco, Anika Stajcic and Jynaya Dos Santos are all currently with the Young Matildas and will be looking to secure qualification to the next stage after a convincing 13-0 victory over Guam in their last hit out.
Because of the absence of these four girls, Indiana Dos Santos became Sydney FC’s youngest ever player in Men’s and Women’s when she came on as a late substitute, aged 15 years and 117 days. This weekend, she is back in the squad and could see more minutes against the Phoenix.
With Jada Whyman out for concussion, Katie Offer will come in between the sticks, but with Tahlia Franco with the Young Matildas, Jasmine Black has been signed on an injury replacement contract once again after she sat on the bench in the 4-1 New Years Eve win over Brisbane Roar.
Sydney FC squad: 2. Mary STANIC-FLOODY, 4. Anna GREEN, 5. Kirsty FENTON, 6. Sarah HUNTER, 7. Teigan COLLISTER, 8. Rachel LOWE, 9. Madison HALEY, 11. Cortnee VINE, 14. Abbey LEMON, 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY ©, 16. Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE, 19. Charlize RULE, 20. Princess IBINI, 22. Indiana DOS SANTOS, 24. Shay EVANS, 25. Rola BADAWIYA, 30. Katie OFFER (GK), 40. Jasmine BLACK (GK).
(2 to be omitted)
Ins: 2. Mary STANIC-FLOODY (promoted), 9. Madison HALEY (return from injury), 14. Abbey LEMON (promoted), 24. Shay EVANS (promoted), 40. Jasmine BLACK (GK) (injury replacement contract)
Outs: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK) (concussion), 3. Charlotte MCLEAN (concussion), 12. Natalie TOBIN (c) (suspended).
Unavailable: 17. Jynaya DOS SANTOS (international duty), 18. Taylor RAY (injured), 21. Shay HOLLMAN (international duty), 23. Anika STAJCIC (international duty).
Sydney FC v Wellington Phoenix
Liberty A-League Round 17
Saturday 11th March 2023
Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, Kogarah, NSW
Kick Off: 3:00pm AEDT
Gates Open: 2:00pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+, 10Play & DubZone
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