A-League week 17 squad lists

Michael Dodge

Returns from injuries and suspension bring most clubs back toward full strength as February arrives.

The A-League returns from its big Australia Day weekend with five more games spanning the end of January and the beginning of February. Disastrously poor Melbourne Victory will bring back Pablo Contreras and Adama Traore from injuries, boosting the defensive prowess of the team that has been outscored 10-0 in its past two games. Besart Berisha returns for Brisbane Roar and will play his first game since the announcement of his offseason sale to the Victory. Steven Lustica will not take part in Adelaide United's game in Auckland against Wellington Phoenix as his contractual issues remain at the fore. Elsewhere, Joel Griffiths received his International Transfer Certificate and will play for Newcastle Jets while Adam D'Apuzzo and Tomi Juric return from suspension for Western Sydney Wanderers. Tom Rogic will start for the first time for Melbourne Victory on Friday night in Perth.

Friday January 31: Melbourne Heart v Sydney FC - AAMI Park

Melbourne Heart: 1. Redmayne, 3. Wielaert, 4. Engelaar, 6. Gerhardt, 7. Ramsay, 8. Murdocca, 10. Kewell, 11. Mifsud, 13. Germano, 15. Williams, 16. Behich, 17. Hoffman, 19. Garuccio, 20. Velaphi, 21. Mauk, 22. Kalmar, 23. Dugandzic, 24. Kisnorbo (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: n/a

Sydney FC: 1. Necevski, 2. Ryall, 4. Despotovic, 5. Jurman, 6. Petkovic, 9. Gameiro, 10. Del Piero, 11. Garcia, 19. Carle, 20. Janjetovic, 21. Dimitrijevic, 22. Abbas, 24. Gligor, 25. Petkovski, 28. Thompson, 29. Urosevski, 35. Caton (one to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: McFlynn (quad - 2-3 weeks), Bojic (back - 2 weeks), Chianese (hamstring - 1 week)

Friday January 31: Perth Glory v Melbourne Victory - nib Stadium

Perth Glory: 1. Vukovic, 3. O'Neill, 4. R. Edwards, 6. C. Edwards, 7. Burns, 8. Marinkovic, 9. Smeltz, 10. Maclaren, 11. Zahra, 14. McGarry, 16. Sidnei, 17. Harold, 18. Duncan, 20. De Silva, 23. Thwaite, 25. Woodcock, 36. Gallas (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Clisby, Davies, Cernak

Melbourne Victory: 1. Coe, 2. Contreras, 3. Traore, 4. Ansell, 6. Broxham, 7. Finkler, 9. Barbarouses, 10. Thompson, 11. Pain, 13. Nabbout, 14. Troisi, 16. Mahazi, 17. Jeggo, 20. Thomas, 21. Rogic, 22. Makarounas, 24. Galloway, 25. Geria (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Milligan (knee - 2-4 weeks), Leijer (suspension - 1 week), Murnane

Saturday February 1: Wellington Phoenix v Adelaide United - Eden Park (Auckland)

Wellington Phoenix: 1. Moss, 2. Muscat, 3. Caira, 5. Boxall, 7. Bertos, 9. Cunningham, 10. Huysegems, 11. Brockie, 12. Boyd, 13. Riera, 15. Hicks, 17. Lia, 18. Sigmund, 20. Italiano, 21. Hernandez, 22. Durante, 23. Ridenton, 24. Krishna (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Rufer (omitted)

Adelaide United: 1. Galekovic, 3. Boogaard, 4. McKain, 5. Malik, 7. Jeronimo, 8. Isaias, 9. Cirio, 10. Carrusca, 11. Djite, 14. Watson, 16. Bowles, 17. Mabil, 20. Izzo, 21. Elrich, 22. Ferreira, 23. Elsey, 31. Griffiths (one to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Lustica (omitted), Melling (knee - 3 weeks), Zullo (hamstring - test), Cassio (hamstring - indefinite)

Saturday February 1: Newcastle Jets v Western Sydney Wanderers - Hunter Stadium

Newcastle Jets: 1. Birighitti, 3. Regan, 4. Jaliens, 6. Caravella, 7. Hoole, 8. Zadkovich, 9. Heskey, 11. Goodwin, 13. Gibbs, 15. Brillante, 16. Pepper, 17. Virgili, 19. Bridges, 20. Kennedy, 21. Gallaway, 22. Taggart, 27. Ward, 29. Griffiths (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Mitchell (omitted), Kantarovski (knee - short-term)

Western Sydney Wanderers: 1. Covic, 2. Cole, 3. D'Apuzzo, 4. Topor-Stanley, 5. Beauchamp, 7. Haliti, 9. Juric, 10. Mooy, 11. Santalab, 13. Spiranovic, 17. Hersi, 19. Bridge, 20. Tyson, 21. Ono, 22. Heffernan, 23. Trifiro, 28. Fofanah, 32. Alessi (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Minniecon, La Rocca (2 weeks)

Sunday February 2: Brisbane Roar v Central Coast Mariners - Suncorp Stadium

Brisbane Roar: 1. Theo, 2. Smith, 3. Stefanutto, 7. Berisha, 10. Henrique, 11. Miller, 13. North, 14. Ferreira, 15. Donachie, 17. McKay, 18. Brattan, 19. Hingert, 20. Acton, 22. Broich, 23. Petratos, 26. Brown, 27. Clut, 28. Borrello (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Franjic (stomach - 1 week), Ingham (omitted)

Central Coast Mariners: 1. Pasfield, 2. McBreen, 3. Rose, 4. Seip, 5. Anderson, 6. Griffiths, 7. Hutchinson, 8. Montgomery, 9. Duke, 11. Fitzgerald, 12. Reddy, 13. Morton, 15. Roux, 16. Sainsbury, 17. Caceras, 19. Simon, 20. Ibini, 21. Sterjovski (two to be omitted)

Unavailable/Injured: Flores (knee - season)

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