Victory names squad for Round 1 trip to Brisbane

Melbourne Victory has named a strong extended 18-man squad for the opening match of the Hyundai A-League 2016/17 season.

Victory will face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night, with two players to be omitted before kick-off.

It will be a new-look Victory side in Brisbane, with recent signings James Troisi, Alan Baro, Mitch Austin, James Donachie and Alastair Bray all included.

Only Marco Rojas, who is away on international duty with New Zealand, and Rashid Mahazi (illness) are unavailable for Victory.

Victory has enjoyed an unbeaten pre-season stretching back to July, including wins over Juventus and Atletico Madrid.

While Victory has kept a clean sheet in three of its past five matches against Roar, the club has won just two of its past nine games at Suncorp Stadium.

The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 505 from 7.00pm AEDT and SBS2 from 7.30pm AEDT.

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Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Round 1

Brisbane Roar v Melbourne Victory
Friday, October 7, 7.50pm AEDT, 6.50pm local
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

TV: Live on Fox Sports 505 from 7.00pm AEDT and SBS2 from 7.30pm AEDT
Radio: 612 ABC Brisbane/ABC Local Radio Qld, 774 ABC Melbourne/ABC Local Radio Vic, Grandstand Digital, A-League Live via the ABC Radio app, Crocmedia A-League Live, EON Sports Radio, SEN 1116
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Melbourne Victory squad (two to be omitted): 2.Jason GERIA, 3.Scott GALLOWAY, 4.Nick ANSELL, 5.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 8.Besart BERISHA, 10.James TROISI, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Oliver BOZANIC, 14.Fahid BEN KHALFALLAH, 15.Alan BARO, 17.James DONACHIE, 19.George HOWARD, 20.Lawrence THOMAS (gk), 21.Carl VALERI (c), 22.Stefan NIGRO, 23.Jai INGHAM, 27.Alastair BRAY (gk)

Unavailable: 7.Marco ROJAS (international duty – 1 week), 16.Rashid MAHAZI (illness – 1 week)