Two of Newcastle Jets’ highest profile players may make a return to action in this Sunday’s clash with Brisbane Roar at McDonald Jones Stadium.Mateo Poljak and Morten Nordstrand have each been included in Mark Jones’ second preliminary squad of the season as the Jets ready themselves for round 2 against Roar.
Unfortunately, the news is not so good for some other senior players within the Newcastle Jets camp.
Daniel Mullen has an injury to his medial which will keep him out indefinitely, while defender Jason Hoffman (calf) and striker Aleksandr Kokko (Achilles) have complaints that will keep them out of action this weekend.
The Club can also confirm that after seeing a surgeon in Sydney earlier this week, goalkeeper Ben Kennedy has been ruled out for season due to a rupture of his Achilles tendon.
Mitch Cooper has been promoted to Jones’ provisional squad. Cooper’s only goal in the Hyundai A-League for the Jets in the A-League came against Roar last season, so perhaps he may fancy his chances if given game time on Sunday.
Andrew Nabbout, Ivan Vujica and Devante Clut made their Jets debuts last Sunday against Adelaide United, and could well be in line for more match play against John Aloisi’s side.
Newcastle Jets Squad vs. Brisbane Roar: 4.Nigel BOOGAARD (C), 5.Ben KANTAROVSKI, 6.Steven UGARKOVIC, 7.Andrew HOOLE, 8.Mateo POLJAK, 10.Wayne BROWN, 11.Labinot HALITI, 13.Ivan VUJICA, 14.Mitch COOPER, 15.Andrew NABBOUT, 16.Nick COWBURN, 19.Morten NORDSTRAND, 20.Jack DUNCAN (gk), 22.Lachlan JACKSON, 23.Devante CLUT, 30.Pierce CLARK (gk)
Ins: 8.Mateo POLJAK (returns from injury), 14.Mitch COOPER (promoted), 19.Morten NORDSTRAND (returns from injury)
Outs: 2.Daniel MULLEN (knee - indefinite), 3.Jason HOFFMAN (calf - 1-2 weeks), 9.Aleksandr KOKKO (Achilles - 1-2 weeks)
Unavailable: 1.Ben KENNEDY (gk) (Achilles - season), 2.Daniel MULLEN (knee - indefinite), 3.Jason HOFFMAN (calf - 1-2 weeks), 9.Aleksandr KOKKO (Achilles - 1-2 weeks), 21.Daniel ALESSI (knee – season)
Newcastle Jets vs. Brisbane Roar - Hyundai A-League 2016/17 Season Round 2
Date: Sunday 16 October 2016
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium, Newcastle
Tickets: Please click here to purchase match tickets
Television: The match will be broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS
Radio: The match will be called LIVE on ABC Newcastle + ABC Grandstand
Social Media: Join the match conversation using #NEWvBRI and #TogetherWeCanSoar
Sunday Funday: Bring the kids to the game this Sunday and enjoy our Sunday Funday free activities. There will be face painting, player appearances and a giant inflatable soccer darts board for your little ones to practise their kicking skills. Check it out in front of the Western Grandstand from 4pm. Jet Man will also be taking on his biggest dance-off yet and best of all, you get to vote for his dance-off song. You won’t want to miss his moves! We’ll also be announcing the start of our Junior Ground Announcer competition. Sunday Funday is going to be great. See you at the game!