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The teams are in ahead of the Isuzu UTE A-League Semi-Final first legs, as Sydney FC host Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix travel to take on Melbourne Victory.

Sydney FC were dealt a major blow in the build-up to the home leg of their Semi-Final clash with the Mariners, with Joe Lolley ruled out for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury.

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Sky Blues head coach Ufuk Talay has promoted three players to his extended squad for Friday night’s game at Allianz Stadium, with 18-year-old attacker Mitchell Glasson adding attacking reinforcement alongside midfielders Wataru Kamijo and Matthew Scarcella.

Max Burgess slotted in on the right side of Sydney’s attack after Lolley succumbed to injury in last week’s Elimination Final win over Macarthur FC, and looms a likely replacement for Lolley in the starting lineup. Jaiden Kucharski is another candidate to earn a starting role in Sydney’s attack in Lolley’s absence.

Sydney have named captain Luke Brattan, who trained with the squad after collecting a hefty knock to the ankle against Macarthur.

Central Coast head coach Mark Jackson, meanwhile, has promoted teenage striker Bailey Brandtman to his squad ahead of the Mariners’ trip to Allianz Stadium on Friday night.

Wellington Phoenix will face Victory on Sunday afternoon with an unchanged squad from their last Isuzu UTE A-League hit-out, while Melbourne Victory make one enforced alteration due to Zinédine Machach’s two-game suspension.

Victory boss Tony Popovic has added three players to his extended squad, with Connor Chapman and Fabian Monge joined by former Wellington cult figure Roly Bonevacia in pushing for a place in the final 18-player matchday squad.

Read on for all the team news ahead of this weekend’s two Semi-Final fixtures.

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Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix
Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners

Sydney FC v Central Coast Mariners

Friday, May 10 – Allianz Stadium – 7.45pm AEST

Sydney FC squad: 1. Andrew REDMAYNE, 4. Jordan COURTNEY-PERKINS, 6. Jack RODWELL, 8. Jake GIRDWOOD-REICH, 9. Fabio GOMES, 11. Robert MAK, 12. Corey HOLLMAN, 13. Pat WOOD, 15. Gabriel LACERDA, 16. Joel KING, 17. Anthony CACERES, 18. Matthew SCARCELLA, 19. Mitch GLASSON, 20. Adam PAVLESIC (GK), 22. Max BURGESS, 23. Rhyan GRANT, 24. Wataru KAMIJO, 25. Jaiden KUCHARSKI, 26. Luke BRATTAN ©, 27. Hayden MATTHEWS

Ins: 18. Matthew SCARCELLA (promoted), 19. Mitch GLASSON (promoted), 24. Wataru KAMIJO (promoted)

Outs: 10. Joe LOLLEY (injured)

Unavailable: 28. Nathan AMANATIDIS (injured), 30. Gus HOEFSLOOT (injured)

Central Coast Mariners squad: 2. Mikael DOKA, 3. Brian KALTAK, 4. Josh NISBET, 6. Max BALARD, 7. Christian THEOHAROUS, 9. Alou KUOL, 14. Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 15. Storm ROUX, 16. Harry STEELE, 17. Jing REEC, 18. Jacob FARRELL, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (c), 22. Ronald BARCELLOS, 23. Dan HALL, 26. Brad TAPP, 30. Jack WARSHAWSKY, 33. Nathan PAULL, 37. Bailey BRANDTMAN, 39. Miguel DI PIZIO, 99. Ryan EDMONDSON

Ins: 37. Bailey BRANDTMAN (promoted)

Outs: 28. Will WILSON

Unavailable: 5. Noah SMITH (injured), 27. Sasha KUZEVSKI (injured)


Melbourne Victory v Wellington Phoenix

Sunday, May 12 – AAMI Park – 4pm AEST

Melbourne Victory squad: 2.Jason GERIA, 3.Adama TRAORE, 5.Damien DA SILVA, 6.Leigh BROXHAM, 7.Chris IKONOMIDIS, 10.Bruno FORNAROLI, 11.Ben FOLAMI, 14.Connor CHAPMAN, 17.Nishan VELUPILLAY, 18.Fabian MONGE, 19.Daniel ARZANI, 20.Paul IZZO, 21.Roderick MIRANDA, 22.Jake BRIMMER, 23.Salim KHELIFI, 25.Ryan TEAGUE, 27.Jordi VALADON, 28.Roly BONEVACIA, 37.Kasey BOS, 40.Christian SICILIANO

Ins: 14.Connor CHAPMAN (promoted), 18.Fabian MONGE (promoted), 28.Roly BONEVACIA (promoted)

Outs: 8.Zinedine MACHACH (suspended)

Unavailable: Zinedine MACHACH (suspended)

Wellington Phoenix squad: 3. Finn SURMAN, 4. Scott WOOTTON, 5. Fin CONCHIE, 6. Tim PAYNE, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Ben OLD, 9. Oskar ZAWADA, 10. David BALL, 11. Bozhidar KRAEV, 12. Mo AL-TAAY, 14. Alex RUFER (c), 15. Nicholas PENNINGTON, 17. Youstin SALAS, 18. Lukas KELLY-HEALD, 19. Sam SUTTON, 24. Oskar VAN HATTUM, 25. Jack DUNCAN (gk), 26. Isaac HUGHES, 40. Alex PAULSEN (gk), 43. Matt SHERIDAN.

Ins: Nil

Outs: Nil

Unavailable: Nil