17/04/2024

Nuno Reis could return for Melbourne City this weekend. (Photo: Dani Brown)

With City's Socceroos stars firing in the green and gold, coach Patrick Kisnorbo has a few selection questions ahead of tomorrow's clash with Western United.

Melbourne City manager Patrick Kisnorbo is confident that his side can still pose a threat to Western United on Saturday night, despite injuries and international selection plaguing his squad.

With Socceroos stars Jamie Maclaren, Mathew Leckie, Marco Tilio, and Connor Metcalfe unavailable for the weekend’s clash at AAMI Park, Kisnorbo affirmed that he is focusing on his own squad ahead of the weekend’s clash.

“I don’t pick the team for the Socceroos,” Kisnorbo said when speaking to media on Friday.

“I can only control what happens here. Everyone wants to play for their international team at any level.”

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City could well be bolstered in their defensive stocks, with Portuguese centre-half Nuno Reis and grand final hero Scott Jamieson expected to be considered for selection.

Reis has not been sighted for last season’s champions since receiving his marching orders in a 2-2 draw away at Adelaide United earlier this month, while Jamieson also missed the win over Central Coast through suspension.

“Sometimes you don’t change a winning team. They’re available for selection after their red cards and suspensions so they’ve been training well this week,” Kisnorbo said.

“Like I said, I’ll need to see after training today to see how everyone pulls up before I make my decision tomorrow.”

The game will come too soon for both Rostyn Griffiths and Curtis Good, with the former expected to be reintroduced back into the fold once he recovers from COVID-19.

“[Griffiths] has recovered okay. I think it’s just his taste is the only thing that is affecting him, in terms of training, he’s been good.

“The virus affects people in different ways, so he’s been okay, to be honest with you.

“Curtis will take some time I think, he has trained this week and has improved but he’s not ready to be involved yet.

“It’s just one of the things we deal with, hopefully he can be back soon but I think he will take some time.”

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The last time the two sides met, Western United triumphed over tomorrow night’s visitors, with a lethal Dylan Wenzel-Halls finish enough to separate the two sides.

“I don’t know if [the reverse fixture] didn’t go to plan. It was one counter-attack for the whole game, to be honest with you,” Kisnorbo said.

“I don’t think Tom [Glover] really had to save a lot of chances to be honest, the difference is we had a full team then and now we don’t. It’s a completely different picture that you are facing and a completely different problem that confronts you.

“We need to see what the best thing available for us to do [is], again we have to look at that.”

Melbourne City will face Western United tomorrow night at AAMI Park, with kick-off at 7:45pm. The match will be live on Channel Ten and Paramount+.

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