There are a host of changes to Melbourne Victory’s squad for Monday’s Cup Eve clash against Western Sydney.
International duty has ruled out Kosta Barbarouses (New Zealand), James Troisi (Australia) and Christian Theoharous (Young Socceroos), while James Donachie (quad) and Besart Berisha (suspension) are also on the sidelines.
In their place, a youthful trio have been promoted; Josh Hope, Pierce Waring and Kenny Athiu.
Hope made a substitute appearance in the season opener against Sydney, while Waring and Athiu are yet to make their Victory debuts.
Melbourne Victory squad: 1. Matt Acton (GK), 2. Jason Geria, 4. Rhys Williams, 5. Mark Milligan, 6. Leigh Broxham, 7. Kenny Athiu, 11. Mitch Austin, 14. Thomas Deng, 15. Cameron McGilp, 16. Josh Hope, 18. Matias Sanchez, 19. Pierce Waring, 20. Lawrence Thomas (GK), 21. Carl Valeri ©, 22. Stefan Nigro, 23. Jai Ingham, 41. Leroy George
In: Josh Hope, Pierce Waring, Kenny Athiu (all promoted)
Out: Kosta Barbarouses (international duty), James Troisi (international duty), Christian Theoharous (Young Socceroos)
Unavailable: James Donachie (quad), Besart Berisha (suspension)