Important three points up for grabs for Glory and Phoenix

Perth Glory travel to Wellington for an all-important A-League clash on Saturday night.

Perth Glory travel to Wellington for an all-important A-League clash on Saturday night.

Currently, the Glory sit second bottom, just three points behind the Wellington Phoenix, placing much emphasis on an away win.

Glory coach Dave Mitchell is leaving no stone unturned in his quest to climb the league table and has taken a squad of 18 with him for what is potentially a season defining encounter.

A major loss for Perth is the injury to skipper Jamie Coyne, but Mitchell believes he has the squad to overcome such problems.

“It’s great that we’ve been able to take a few extra players, it will give us a few options in the way we could line-up,” Mitchell said.

“With Coyney going out we’ll have to make a change to the formula that has been working for us over the last month or so but that’s why you have other players in the squad, there is now an opportunity for someone to come in and I’m confident they’ll get the job done.”

In-form striker Nikita Rukvytsya returns from injury for the Glory in a massive boost for morale as defender David Tarka and midfielder Mark Lee have also been included in the squad along with youth team promotion Andrija Jukic.

In the Phoenix camp, Brazilian star Fred’s guest stint could be over after the sudden passing of his father midweek and the creative playmaker has returned home to be with his family.

Goalkeeper Mark Paston will miss up to four weeks with bruised ribs and has been replaced by Gold Coast United keeper Scott Higgins for the short-term whilst defender Karl Dodd has won his place back in the squad.

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