Roar overlook Babalj for Wanderers clash

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Brisbane Roar recruit Eli Babalj will have to wait at least another week to make his club debut after being overlooked for Friday's A-League clash with Western Sydney Wanderers.

The former Socceroo was signed by the Roar on Wednesday as an injury replacement until the end of the season but wasn't named by interim coach Darren Davies in his squad to face the Wanderers at Suncorp Stadium.

Instead Davies has largely stuck by the team which claimed a thrilling 5-3 win over Central Coast Mariners in their last outing.

While Babalj misses out, fellow striker Charles Lokoli-Ngoy is a chance to make his first appearance for the Roar.

The ex-Sydney FC forward was an unused substitute against the Mariners after finally receiving his medical clearance following his February transfer.

Davies said Lokoli-Ngoy's narrowly missed out on featuring in the eight-goal epic at Gosford.

"I intended actually to use him down in Central Coast but as the game developed, tactically, we decided against that," Davies said.

"He's been fantastic on the training pitch the last two weeks, so, yes he's ready to go."

The Wanderers head north after a spirited draw against league leaders Perth in their last outing, which came after back-to-back victories over Adelaide and the Mariners.

Coach Markus Babbel has added pacey ex-Roar attacker Kwame Yeboah to his squad along with skipper Brendan Hamill and new recruit Giancarlo Gallifuoco.

The last time the Wanderers headed to Brisbane, the Roar stole a 2-2 draw with two goals in stoppage time including an Adam Taggart leveller after Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic needlessly conceded a corner.

"They had a positive result last time against Perth so I'm sure they'll be coming up here in a positive mindframe and should be an entertaining game," Davies said.

"A little less stress with the same entertainment maybe."

KEY MATCH STATS

* Despite losing at half-time in their past three A-League matches against Western Sydney, Brisbane have only tasted defeat once in those games including the dramatic 2-2 draw at Suncorp Stadium in January.

* Wanderers goalkeeper Vedran Janjetovic has committed four errors leading to a goal this season, twice as many as any other player in the A-League.

* There have been 30 goals in the Wanderers' past six away games but Markus Babbel's men have won just one of those matches.

Source AAP