City expect the Socceroos duo to take on Roar | Maitland Mercury


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Melbourne City expect Jamie Maclaren and Mathew Leckie to be available for the men’s A-League season opener against Brisbane Roar, but will belatedly call the departure of the Socceroos duo. Leckie, Maclaren and Andrew Nabbout are the headliners of the defending champions’ attack, but have all recently made the World Cup qualifiers with the former pair only returning from abroad until the early hours of the season. Thursday morning. Nabbout seems certain to start at AAMI Park on Friday night as he was dropped after an appearance against Saudi Arabia in Sydney last week and has not traveled. Maclaren only played 19 minutes against China, but Leckie has started and played the majority of both games and both players’ fitness will be assessed in practice on Thursday afternoon. “I know Andy is (ready to start) because he left camp early,” coach Patrick Kisnorbo told reporters, noting that all of their players were available for selection. “Macca and Lecks, we won’t know until they come in today. We’ll see how they obviously stop before practice and after practice and we’ll make a decision tomorrow.” That is. one of those you’re going to have to (manage) all season long. “While the fully vaccinated Socceroos no longer have to quarantine themselves upon their return to Australia, Kisnorbo still expected disruption throughout. of the season. “It’s going to be a year that is going a little up and down to be honest with you,” he said. “You can already see that we have our players two days before the start, so we had to deal with that instead of having them already here. “It’s just one of those things that we have to deal with and have to adapt to.” City have a range of attackers, regardless of the size of their Socceroos, with Nathaniel Atkinson, Marco Tilio and Stefan Colakovski. “We would expect (the Socceroos) to be involved in some way or another, what that might sound like, but talking about these three doesn’t do Tilio and Colakovski a favor, who have also experienced fantastic seasons last year, ”said the Brisbane coach. said Warren Moon. “They just have talent all over the park. You might stress yourself out having headaches just thinking about how good their team is.” We’re going to focus on ourselves and do what we do best and try to give it a good shot when we get down there. ”Brisbane hasn’t beaten City at AAMI Park since November 2010, when they were still Melbourne Heart, and will be without skipper Tom Aldred (knee) and forward Juan Lescano (hamstring). Due to Queensland’s quarantine restrictions, the Roar will fly to Melbourne on Friday and return to Brisbane after the game. Australian Associated Press

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