Squad: Round 5 in Western Sydney

Ernie Merrick has named his squad to face the Western Sydney Wanderers at Spotless Stadium tomorrow night.

The Club’s Hyundai A-League squad has remained fairly settled over the opening rounds and that trend is set to continue, with a largely unchanged lineup has been named.

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New Zealand international, Matt Ridenton is welcomed back into the squad, after missing Round 4 with a minor calf injury. The midfielder has trained strongly this week and will give his Head Coach plenty to consider before Friday.

New recruit, Kaine Sheppard is the only omission after sustaining a minor foot injury – which is expected to sideline him for the next four weeks.

Kaine Sheppard Sydney FC
Kaine Sheppard has been ruled out with a minor foot injury

Johnny Koutroumbis continues to improve his fitness and is already asking questions of Merrick. Depsite his eagerness to return to play, the Club will not be rushing the defender back after receiving the all clear from his cancer diagnosis.

Newcastle Jets Round 5 squad:

1.Glen MOSS (gk), 3.Jason HOFFMAN, 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (c), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Dimi PETRATOS, 8.Jair, 10.Ronald VARGAS, 11.Mitch AUSTIN, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 16.Nick COWBURN, 17.Daniel GEORGIEVSKI, 20.Lewis ITALIANO (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Matthew RIDENTON, 32.Angus THURGATE, 44.Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY

**two to be omitted**

Ins: 11.Mitch AUSTIN (promoted), 23.Matt RIDENTON (return from injury), 28.Pat LANGLOIS (promoted)

Outs: 14.Kaine SHEPPARD (foot – 3 weeks)

Unavailable: 9.Roy O’DONOVAN (suspension – 4 rounds), 14.Kaine SHEPPARD (foot – 3 weeks), 18.Johnny KOUTROUMBIS (illness – TBC), 24.Joe CHAMPNESS (foot – TBC)

The Jets get Round 5 of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season started on Friday, 23 November at Spotless Stadium. Kick-off is at 7:50pm (ADST), with the match broadcast live on Fox Sports and the MyFootball App.