Jets name 16-man squad to face Brisbane

The Newcastle Jets have named a 16-man squad to face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

The Hunter Ports Newcastle Jets have named a 16-man squad to face Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Nathan Burns and Emile Heskey have both been ruled out of the match due to injury.

Meanwhile, Young Socceroo Mitch Oxborrow has earned a call-up to the squad and could be in-line to make his first Hyundai A-League appearance of the season.

Jets head coach Gary van Egmond said the Friday-s clash with the Roar could be won and lost in the middle of the park.

“There-s no doubt that midfield battle is going to be very crucial for the outcome of the game, so all three of our midfielders will definitely have to be on their game,” van Egmond said.

Newcastle Jets squad: 1. Mark BIRIGHITTI (gk), 3. Taylor REGAN, 4. Kew JALIENS, 5. Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6. Zenon CARAVELLA 7. Andrew HOOLE, 8. Ruben ZADKOVICH (c), 11. Craig GOODWIN, 13. Joseph GIBBS, 15. Josh BRILLANTE, 16. Jacob PEPPER, 18. James BROWN, 21. Sam GALLAWAY, 22. Adam TAGGART, 20. Ben KENNEDY (gk), 24. Mitchell OXBORROW.

Ins: 24. Mitchell OXBORROW (promoted), 6. Zenon CARAVELLA (promoted).

Outs: 17. James VIRGILI, 19. Michael BRIDGES.

Unavailable: 9. Emile Heskey (knee), 10. Nathan BURNS (knee).