Melbourne Derby Preview: Rivals and Star Striker’s Uncertain Participation | Wellington Phoenix vs Macarthur FC: Debut for New Signing Youstin Salas | Sydney FC: Injury Blow for Striker Patrick Wood | Brisbane Roar: Focusing on Perth Glory Clash without Looking at the Ladder

Melbourne Derby and Round 17 Preview

Rivals ready for ‘crazy’ Derby but star striker remains a doubt

The highly anticipated Melbourne Derby is set to take place in the Isuzu UTE A-League. Melbourne Victory boss Tony Popovic provided an injury update on striker Bruno Fornaroli, who underwent surgery for a hand issue. Fornaroli’s participation in the derby is uncertain as the club is waiting for his wound to heal. Despite the injury, Popovic believes Fornaroli can play without a protective cast due to a metal plate in his hand. The Melbourne Derby will also be affected by Taylor Swift’s concert at the MCG, but Popovic and Victory midfielder Ryan Teague remain focused on the game.

Youstin had a problem but Chiefy set to hand Salas his debut

Wellington Phoenix coach Giancarlo Italiano hinted that new signing Youstin Salas could make his debut against Macarthur. Salas has been carrying a slight injury but is expected to get some minutes off the bench. Wellington Phoenix, currently the league leaders, face tough competition from Macarthur FC, who are placed third. Italiano praised Macarthur’s squad and mentioned his key players to watch out for. Despite Macarthur’s strong defense, Italiano believes it will be a closely contested match. Wellington Phoenix defeated Macarthur 3-0 in their previous encounter and is confident about their chances.

Sky Blues dealt with Wood blow after a difficult weekend

Sydney FC secured a 3-1 away win over Central Coast Mariners in Round 16. However, striker Patrick Wood received criticism for missing a golden opportunity. Sydney head coach Ufuk Talay defended Wood, stating that he is still young and these moments happen to players. Talay also revealed that Wood had been playing with a stress fracture in his ankle, and the injury has worsened, potentially ruling him out for twelve weeks. Despite Wood’s injury, Sydney FC is preparing to face Adelaide United in Round 17, hoping for a victory to improve their position in the league.

Zadkovich ignoring the ladder ahead of a tricky Perth reunion

Acting Brisbane Roar head coach Ruben Zadkovich is not focused on the top six and is taking one game at a time. Brisbane Roar has picked up four points in their last two games and finds themselves just two points outside the top six. Zadkovich is focusing on getting to know his players and staff and preparing the team as best as possible. Their next challenge is an away trip to face Perth Glory, Zadkovich’s former side, where he expects strong home support. Despite the tough opposition, Zadkovich is confident in his team’s ability to improve and perform well.

These are just a few of the highlights from the Isuzu UTE A-League pre-weekend media activity. The Melbourne Derby between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City is highly anticipated, with uncertainty surrounding Bruno Fornaroli’s participation. Wellington Phoenix looks to maintain their top spot as they face Macarthur FC. Sydney FC dealt with an injury blow to striker Patrick Wood but is focused on their upcoming match against Adelaide United. Brisbane Roar is preparing for a challenging match against Perth Glory, with their acting head coach Ruben Zadkovich having a history with the club. The Isuzu UTE A-League continues to provide exciting and unpredictable football action.

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