ACL: Ernie makes change to squad for Japan

Ernie Merrick has made one change to his 18-man AFC Champions League squad set to take on Kashima Antlers in Japan on Tuesday night.

With injury set to rule him out for the rest of the Hyundai A-League season, Jason Hoffman has been omitted and won’t travel.

In his place is dynamic attacker, Joey Champness who has recovered from a pesky hamstring injury.

With the rest of the squad avoiding injury and suspension, that straight swap is the only one in the 18-man squad.

The Newcastle Jets are set to take on Kashima Antlers at Kashima Soccer Stadium on Tuesday 19 February. Kick-off is at 9pm AEDT, and the match will be broadcast on Fox Sports and Kayo Sports.

Goalkeepers: 1.Glen MOSS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO

Defenders: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 13.Ivan VUJICA 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 18.John KOUTROUMBIS, 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

Midfielders: 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 10.Ronald VARGAS (visa), 16.Nick COWBURN, 23.Matt RIDENTON (visa)

Attackers: 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 9.Roy O’DONOVAN (visa), 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 24.Joey CHAMPNESS, 32.Angus THURGATE