The Mariners are back home this weekend, taking on Wellington Phoenix as part of a three-game home stand across eight day at Central Coast Stadium.
Alen Stajcic’s men saw off reigning Champions Sydney FC last Friday in a spirited display to go back to the top of the A-League table, and will look to keep up their winning ways against the Phoenix.
Michal Janota, Max Balard and Stefan Jankovic have been added back into the extended squad for Sunday with an extra week of training under their belt, and extra bodies will be invaluable as the Mariners prepare for a tough week of matches.
The omission for Alen Stajcic though is midfielder Joshua Nisbet, who has been ruled out of this match as he recovers from ankle trouble picked up in the win over Sydney.
“The only likely exclusion is Josh Nisbet, who picked up an injury when he was fouled in the first minutes of the game last week,” Stajcic said on Saturday morning.
“He got that tackle from behind and hurt his ankle a little bit, he is nearly ready but we just don’t want to risk him for tomorrow.”
Central Coast Mariners squad: 1.Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 5.Stefan NIGRO, 6.Gianni STENSNESS, 7.Stefan JANKOVIC, 8.Oliver BOZANIC (c), 10.Daniel DESILVA, 11.Jack CLISBY, 12.Marcos UREÑA, 14.Daniel BOUMAN, 15.Kye ROWLES, 19.Matt SIMON, 20.Adam PEARCE (gk), 21.Ruon TONGYIK, 22.Michal JANOTA, 23.Dan HALL, 25.Matthew HATCH, 26.Jaden CASELLA, 29.Alou KUOL, 30.Jordan SMYLIE, 32.Max BALARD
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 7.Stefan JANKOVIC (Promoted), 22.Michal JANOTA (Promoted), 32.Max BALARD (Promoted)
Outs: 4.Joshua NISBET (Injured – Ankle)
Match Details |
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Central Coast Mariners v Wellington Phoenix
Central Coast Stadium, Gosford
Kick-Off: 4:05pm (Local)(4:05pm (AEDT))
Referee: Daniel Elder
Assistant Referee 1: Kearney Robinson
Assistant Referee 2: Matthew McOrist
Fourth Official: Ben Abraham
VAR: Alex King
TV Broadcast: Live coverage on FOX SPORTS 505 from 3:30pm (AEDT), Sky Sport 7 (New Zealand), Kayo Sports (www.kayosports.com.au) and MyFootball Live App, Live Fast and Data Free for Telstra mobile customers
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