Mrdja back for Mariners

Central Coast Mariners striker Nick Mrdja is set to finally make his A-League debut after recovering from a knee injury.

Central Coast Mariners striker Nick Mrdja is set to finally make his A-League debut after recovering from a knee injury that has kept him sidelined for over 14 months.

Mrdja will start on the bench when the Mariners take on the Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday - his first competitive match for the club since August 20, 2005.

"Nik has been through a lot the last fourteen months and I’m as delighted as he is to see him back and available for selection," said Mariners football manager Lawrie McKinna.

"I have no doubt that if Nik was fit last season, he would have been one of the top goal scorers in the Hyundai A-League."

"His finishing and nose for goal is among the best in the Hyundai A-League and, although we can’t expect him to be firing from his first minute tomorrow, we know that in time he will recapture the form that made him such a tough opponent in our first pre-season."

Vuko Tomasevic comes into the side in place of Tony Vidmar (back), while Andrew Clark (medial ligament) also misses out.
Source: SBS