Two big names return, while youth are given an opportunity in this week’s squad news for the Men’s clash with Melbourne City and Women’s with Wellington Phoenix.
Steve Corica has named a strong side for the trip to AAMI Park to take on the league leaders Melbourne City. Headlining the list of names is the return of central defender Jack Rodwell after he overcame his groin issue which has seen him sidelined for over a month.
Also returning to the squad is Jaiden Kucharski who missed out due to injury in the previous few weeks.
Unfortunately, Jake Girdwood-Reich and Adrian Segecic are unavailable for this weekend’s clash as they are currently with the Australian U20’s in Uzbekistan. Both boys are part of a squad competing in the AFC U20’s Asian Cup which provides a pathway to the FIFA U20 World Cup.
Pat Yazbek has departed the club for Viking FK and James Donachie misses this clash due to suspension, opening the door for a couple of Sydney Academy players to shine. Captain Oscar Priestman is included in the squad along with Matthew Scarcella, both looking to gain their first Isuzu UTE A-League minutes.
Sydney FC squad: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK), 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, 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 21. Alex PARSONS, 22. Max BURGESS, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 25. Jaiden KUCHARSKI, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 29. Aaron GURD, 31. Oscar PRIESTMAN, 32. Matthew SCARCELLA.
(1-3 to be omitted)
Ins: 6. Jack RODWELL (return from injury), 25. Jaiden KUCHARSKI (return from injury), 31. Oscar PRIESTMAN (promoted), 32. Matthew SCARCELLA (promoted).
Outs: 2. James DONACHIE (suspended – 5 yellow cards), 16. Patrick YAZBEK (transferred to Viking FK), 28. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH (international duty).
Unavailable: 9. Adam LE FONDRE (injured), 19. Adrian SEGECIC (international duty).
Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Isuzu UTE A-League Round 18
Saturday 25th February 2023
AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
Kick Off: 5pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+
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For Ante Juric he is looking for a response following the loss to Canberra United and he will hopefully get that from the return of Mackenzie Hawkesby into the heart of midfield as she returns from suspension following four yellow cards.
Teagan Collister comes into the 20 player squad for the first time after her transfer to the club during the January transfer window and Sydney FC fans will be keen to see what she can offer.
Juric will need to manage the load of some of the international representatives with a couple of them returning late to Sydney.
Sydney FC squad: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK),2. Mary STANIC-FLOODY, 3. Charlotte MCLEAN, 4. Anna GREEN, 5. Kirsty FENTON, 6. Sarah HUNTER, 7. Teigan COLLISTER, 8. Rachel LOWE, 9. Madison HALEY, 11. Cortnee VINE, 12. Natalie TOBIN (c), 14. Abbey LEMON, 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY, 16. Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE, 19. Charlize RULE, 20. Princess IBINI, 21. Shay HOLLMAN, 24. Shay EVANS, 25. Rola BADAWIYA, 30. Katie OFFER (GK).
(2-4 to be omitted)
Ins: 4. Anna GREEN (promoted), 7. Teigan COLLISTER (promoted), 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY (return from suspension), 24. Shay EVANS (promoted).
Unavailable: 18. Taylor RAY (injured).
Wellington Phoenix v Sydney FC
Liberty A-League Round 15
Sunday 26th February 2023
North Harbour Stadium, Auckland, NZ
Kick Off: 11am AEDT (1pm Local)
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Play
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