The 34th Sydney Derby is almost upon us and Steve Corica has named his squad for the match that has big implications on the table.
In breaking injury news, one Sydney FC player is set for a spell on the sidelines after a training collision.
Steve Corica has named a strong side for the challenge of Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday evening and can welcome back a few names to the squad but unfortunately loses one more body.
We can confirm that Alex Parsons has a minor strain of his MCL following a training collision on Tuesday. He is expected to be available in a month’s time and is aiming to be back for the end of the season.
Adrian Segecic and Jake Girdwood-Reich are both back in training after spending time with the Australian U20’s and will be itching to get back into league action.
Tom Heward-Belle also comes back into the matchday squad following his concussion which saw him sidelined for two weeks.
Max Burgess will find out his fate on Thursday night as to whether his red card suspension is shortened as he faces the Football Australia disciplinary and ethics committee. Should his appeal be successful, the attacker will be eligible for selection for the Sydney Derby.
Adam Le Fondre remains unavailable but is continuing rehab and is progressing well. He has started training with the team again this week and is expected back after the international break.
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, 19. Adrian SEGECIC, 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK), 23. Rhyan GRANT, 25. Jaiden KUCHARSKI, 26. Luke BRATTAN, 28. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH, 29. Aaron GURD, 31. Oscar PRIESTMAN, 32. Matthew SCARCELLA. (2-4 to be omitted)
Ins: 19. Adrian SEGECIC (return from international duty), 20. Thomas HEWARD-BELLE (GK) (return from concussion), 28. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH (return from international duty), 31. Oscar PRIESTMAN (promoted).
Outs: 21. Alex PARSONS (injured), 30. Adam PAVLESIC (not selected).
Unavailable: 9. Adam LE FONDRE (injured), 22. Max BURGESS (suspended).
Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers
Isuzu UTE A-League Round 21
Saturday 18th March 2023
Allianz Stadium, Sydney, NSW
Kick Off: 7:45pm AEDT
Gates Open: 6:15pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Bold
Tickets: Click Here
Ante Juric will be thankful that a number of his players have recovered from injury and returned from suspension and international duty.
Last weekend, he was missing his first choice keeper along with his two starting centre backs and preferred central midfielder.
Thankfully this week, Jada Whyman, Nat Tobin and Shay Hollman are all welcomed back into the squad and will be available for selection on Saturday afternoon.
Unfortunately, Charlotte Mclean’s return is a little longer in the waiting, expected back in four weeks time after a successful cheek bone surgery.
Golden Boot chaser Madison Haley still remains sidelined with her hip injury and she will be itching to return to action as she currently sits in third on the Golden Boot standings. The American is looking likely to make a return against struggling Adelaide which could provide the perfect catalyst for the remainder of her season.
Margaux Chauvet and Jasmine Black have concluded their short term injury replacement contracts, but remain training with the squad.
Sydney FC squad: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK), 2. Mary STANIC-FLOODY, 4. Anna GREEN, 5. Kirsty FENTON, 6. Sarah HUNTER, 7. Teigan COLLISTER, 8. Rachel LOWE, 11. Cortnee VINE, 12. Natalie TOBIN (c), 14. Abbey LEMON, 15. Mackenzie HAWKESBY ©, 16. Deborah-Anne DE LA HARPE, 17. Jynaya DOS SANTOS, 19. Charlize RULE, 20. Princess IBINI, 21. Shay HOLLMAN, 22. Indiana DOS SANTOS, 24. Shay EVANS, 25. Rola BADAWIYA, 30. Katie OFFER (GK).
(4 to be omitted)
Ins: 1. Jada WHYMAN (GK) (return from concussion), 12. Natalie TOBIN (c) (return from suspension), 14. Abbey LEMON (promoted), 17. Jynaya DOS SANTOS (return from international duty), 24. Shay EVANS (promoted), 21. Shay HOLLMAN (return from international duty).
Outs: 26. Margaux CHAUVET (injury replacement contract end), 60. Jasmine BLACK (GK) (injury replacement contract end).
Unavailable: 3. Charlotte MCLEAN (expected 4 weeks – fractured cheekbone), 9. Madison HALEY (expected 1 week – hip injury), 18. Taylor RAY (injured).
Melbourne City v Sydney FC
Liberty A-League Round 18
Saturday 18th March 2023
Kingston Heath, Melbourne, VIC
Kick Off: 1pm AEDT
Broadcast Live: Paramount+ & 10Play
Tickets: ENTRY IS FREE