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Melbourne City stung by double injury blow ahead of semi-final

Craig Noone of Melbourne City was ruled out of the Semi-final with injury during the warm-up Source: Getty Images

Melbourne City will face Macarthur FC without their first-choice attackers after Andrew Nabbout and Craig Noone were ruled out of their A-League semi-final.

Nabbout, who had suffered an injury on his return from a torn adductor against Newcastle, failed to prove his fitness and wasn't named when City released their team.

Noone, who led the league for chances created with 80 in 23 games was originally named on the bench to make his return from injury.

But he looked proppy in the warm-up with a heavily strapped knee and was ultimately a late withdrawal.

"We've just done the warm-up and he can't participate either," coach Patrick Kisnorbo told Fox Sports.

"So we've just lost Nooney but a positive note is we'll bring (Raphael Borges Rodrigues) in on the bench."

It was yet another blow for City, who were already without golden boot winner Jamie Maclaren because of Socceroos duty.

Curtis Good and Connor Metcalfe are also unavailable while their home semi-final was moved from AAMI Park to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium to allow a crowd to attend.

The injuries saw Marco Tilio, Stefan Colakovski and Nathaniel Atkinson start together up front, while Raphael Borges Rodrigues was called onto the bench.

After being under an injury cloud, Macarthur striker Matt Derbyshire started but creative winger Markel Susaeta was named on the bench after picking up a knock against Central Coast in the Bulls' elimination final win.

"I wasn't close to starting him (Susaeta). He hasn't pulled up well, hasn't had much training in his legs this week," Bulls coach Ante Milicic told Fox Sports.

"But at the same time he knows his body better than anyone. He deserves to be on the bench and we'll see how the game goes

"He's not in a state to start the game but ... he might be forced to come on in the latter stages."

Source AAP