18 options for Victory

Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss has named an initial 18-player squad for Friday’s crunch Hyundai A-League showdown against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

Central Coast Mariners Head Coach Phil Moss has named an initial 18-player squad for Friday-s crunch Hyundai A-League showdown against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park.

Despite suffering a knock to the head during last week-s 2-1 win over Sydney FC, Joshua Rose is in contention to play against Kevin Muscat-s side, with the left back to potentially wear protective headwear during the encounter.

Storm Roux featured for the New Zealand National Team against Japan overnight as the All Whites went down 4-2 to the Samurai Blue in Tokyo. Despite playing 67 minutes against the men from the land of the rising sun, Roux may also feature against the blue & whites.

In a significant boost to Phil Moss-s side Nick Montgomery and Matt Simon will return to the squad after a week off, while Brent Griffiths comes into the frame for Hyundai A-League match time to sure up defence set to be without Eddy Bosnar (groin - 1 week).

Kick-off between Melbourne and the Mariners in the Victorian capital is at 7:30pm AEDT.

Central Coast Mariners Squad vs. Melbourne Victory: 1. Justin PASFIELD (Gk), 3. Joshua ROSE, 4. Marcel SEIP, 5. Zachary ANDERSON, 6. Brent GRIFFITHS, 7. John HUTCHINSON (C), 8. Nick MONTGOMERY, 9. Mitchell DUKE, 11. Nick FITZGERALD, 12. Liam REDDY (Gk), 15. Storm ROUX, 17. Anthony CACERES, 19. Matt SIMON, 20. Bernie IBINI, 21. Mile STERJOVSKI, 26. KIM Seung-yong, 28. Glen TRIFIRO, 29. Matt SIM *two to be omitted*? Ins: 6. Brent GRIFFITHS, 8. Nick MONTOMGERY, 19. Matt SIMON (all promoted) Outs: 25. Eddy BOSNAR (groin - 1 week) Unavailable: 10. Marcos FLORES (knee - season), 13. Hayden MORTON (thigh - 1 week), 14. Michael MCGLINCHEY (on loan - Vegalta Sendai), 18. Michael NEILL (knee - season), 23. Adam KWASNIK (knee - season), 25. Eddy BOSNAR (groin - 1 week)

Melbourne Victory FC vs. Central Coast Mariners FC - Hyundai A-League 2013/14 Round 22 Friday 7 March 2014 AAMI Park, Melbourne Tickets: Please click here to purchase tickets to the match. Twitter: Join the match conversation on Twitter! The official hashtag is #MVCvCCM. Television: Watch LIVE on Fox Sports 1 & 1HD or SBS TWO. Radio: Listen LIVE on ABC Grandstand or Coast FM.