Ban-heavy City turn to youth squad

Melbourne City FC coach Michael Valkanis Source: Getty Images

Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis has turned to the club's young guns in the absence of several senior stars for Saturday's A-League match with Brisbane Roar.

City have made the most enforced changes to a team in recent history, losing an unprecedented seven players to suspension.

Dean Bouzanis will miss five matches after he was found guilty of breaching the code of conduct, while five other players will be absent due to accumulating yellow cards.

Tim Cahill will also sit out the AAMI Park match due to his red card for dissent.

Thankfully for Valkanis, he has no fresh injury issues.

Danish centre-back Michael Jakobsen has been named in the squad despite his half-time substitution with a calf issue last week.

Seven of City's National Youth League side have been called into an extended squad for the Saturday night match, though Valkanis still retains the option of playing a first eleven entirely of senior players against the Roar.

John Aloisi's side will arrive in Melbourne full of confidence after seeing off mega-money Chinese Super League outfit Shanghai Shenhua on Wednesday night to win a place in the Asian Champions League group stage.


IN: Josh Rose, Nick Fitzgerald, Daniel Arzani, Braedyn Crowley, Denis Genreau, Christian Cavallo, Dylan Pierias, Yaren Sozer, Yusuf Ahmed.

OUT: Bruno Fornaroli, Tim Cahill, Fernando Brandan, Luke Brattan, Dean Bouzanis, Manny Muscat, Osama Malik.

POSSIBLE STARTING TEAM (4-3-3): Thomas Sorensen; Josh Rose, Michael Jakobsen, Ruon Tongyik, Ivan Franjic; Neil Kilkenny, Paulo Retre, Anthony Caceres; Bruce Kamau, Nicolas Colazo, Nick Fitzgerald.

Source AAP