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Melbourne Victory boss Magilton unsure of Kewell, Milligan contributions

Melbourne Victory head coach Jim Magilton is still unsure whether or not Harry Kewell and Mark Milligan will start for the club on Saturday.

The eighth-placed Victory take on sixth-placed Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park but Kewell and Milligan may be on the bench after both playing 90 minutes for the Socceroos in the 4-2 win over Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Magilton is aware it is a must-win game for his side but is still unsure if the star attacker and centre-back will take their place in the eleven.

"I'm thinking about a lot of things and I'm thinking about having a conversation with one or two of them," Magilton said.

"There has to be a certain degree of honesty in this as well, whilst every player I would like to think wants to play and they do, I think we have to be realistic and make sure that we make the right decisions for the team and that's a honest conversation with any player.

"Every manager in the world has this problem when players are away on international, while it's a feather in the cap for the club and the players it's a difficult one because when they come back you have to weigh up everything.

"It's confidence levels as well, if some of them had of come back and had stinkers then maybe it's an easier decision, but certainly it's a decision that'll have to be made closer to the game.

"We'll reach the right answer."

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