Contreras returns for Phoenix clash

Melbourne Victory defender Pablo Contreras will return to the pitch this weekend and has been named in Kevin Muscat's extended match day squad.

Melbourne Victory defender Pablo Contreras will return to the pitch this weekend and has been named in Kevin Muscat's extended match day squad.

Mark Milligan, who underwent surgery this week, and Mitch Nichols remain unavailable for the Round 15 match in New Zealand, while Andrew Nabbout, who suffered a nasty concussion in Tuesday night's win over the Wanderers has not traveled to Wellington.

Wellington Phoenix v Melbourne Victory Saturday, January 18 Westpac Stadium, Wellington Kick-off: 7:30pm local (5:30pm AEDT) Referee: Adam Kersey Assistant Referee 1: Mark Rule Assistant Referee 2: Jan-Hendrik Hintz Fourth Official: Matthew Conger

TV Broadcast: 5.00pm (AEDT) Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX Sports 1HD and Sky Sport 3 (New Zealand).

Melbourne Victory Squad: 1.Nathan COE (gk), 2.Pablo CONTRERAS, 3.Adama TRAORE, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Gui FINKLER, 9.Kosta BARBAROUSES, 10.Archie THOMPSON, 14.James TROISI, 16.Rashid MAHAZI, 17.James JEGGO, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 22.Jesse MAKAROUNAS, 23.Adrian LEIJER, 26.Jordan BROWN, 27.Christopher CRISTALDO, 31.Dylan MURNANE 32.Milos RIDESIC **One to be omitted**

Ins: 2.Pablo CONTRERAS (returns from suspension), 27.Christopher CRISTALDO (promoted)

Outs: 13.Andrew NABBOUT (concussion)

Unavailable: 4.Nick ANSELL (international duty - Young Socceroos), 5.Mark MILLIGAN (knee, 4-6 weeks).11.Connor PAIN (international duty - Young Socceroos), 15.Mitch NICHOLS (knee - 1 week), 24.Scott GALLOWAY (international duty - Young Socceroos), 25.Jason GERIA (international duty - Young Socceroos)