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Melbourne Heart's van 't Schip to tinker with midfield

Melbourne Heart coach John van 't Schip will have to be wary of two of his midfielders in tonight's meeting with Adelaide United.

Veteran Josip Skoko has been passed fit to play after a groin strain and Kristian Sarkies is only just returning from a long spell out with a broken leg.

van 't Schip has suggested that the pair may play a half each in the Hindmarsh Stadium fixture which is a vital match in the context of the Heart's flailing season.

"That's what we think," van't Schip said yesterday. "Maybe one has to fill the gap for the other at the moment.

"Both are not ready to play 90 minutes, so we'll think about how we're going to do that tomorrow.

"(Sarkies) is an extra player for us coming back from injury. He's like a new player (and Skoko is) an important player.

"He has the experience, he has the (vision), he can help other players on the pitch, so for us it's extremely important that he's back."

And with one draw in their last seven outings and just two goals in that time, van 't Schip is hoping that one thing can improve for his team.

"The finishing at the moment is a problem," he added.

"With a good result there, we're still in the race for the playoffs.

"The longer the run of not winning continues, we know it's going to be difficult for getting in the playoffs."

Andrew Slevison
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