Craig Deans has named a 20-man Hyundai A-League squad for Friday night’s clash with Sydney FC.
With the current league leaders coming to town, the side could be bolstered by the return of strike weapon, Abdiel Arroyo after he showed very positive signs of overcoming a hamstring injury well ahead of schedule.
Three youngsters join him on the ins column, with Jack Simmons, Maki Petratos, and Kosta Petratos all in the mix for gametime.
There were injury concerns earlier in the week over a number of players: Dimi Petratos (groin), Steven Ugarkovic (foot), and Johnny Koutroumbis (knee), but all three have been named and are in the mix for gametime.
Nigel Boogaard is edging ever closer to returning to action, while Jets medical staff have projected that Wes Hoolahan is around six weeks away from gametime.
Newcastle Jets FC Squad: 1.Glen MOSS (gk), 2.Bobby BURNS, 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 9.Abdiel ARROYO, 10.Dimi PETRATOS, 11.Nick FITZGERALD, 14.Kaine SHEPPARD, 16.Matt MILLAR, 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS, 19.Kosta PETRATOS, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matt RIDENTON, 25.Jack SIMMONS, 28.Pat LANGLOIS, 31.Maki PETRATOS, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY (1-4 to be omitted)
Ins: 9.Abdiel ARROYO (return from injury), 19.Kosta PETRATOS (promoted), 25.Jack SIMMONS (promoted), 31.Maki PETRATOS (promoted)
Unavailable: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (adductor – 1-3 weeks), 8.Wes HOOLAHAN (ankle – 6 weeks)