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Queensland given a boost with van Dijk inclusion

Queensland Roar have been given a boost by the news that striker Sergio van Dijk is likely to play against Sydney FC tomorrow night.

The Dutchman received a heavy knock to his right cheekbone in the 0-0 draw with Adelaide United midweek and even if scans reveal a fracture, he will be available to take his spot in the Roar line-up.

"He's confident. Even if there's a small fracture, he will play," Roar coach Frank Farina said.

"If there is a major fracture then we might be in trouble but, as he said, if it's a small fracture he is ready to play."

Although van Dijk looks certain to play, young playmaker Tahj Minniecon will miss with a hip flexor injury sustained in the same game.

"Tahj won't take any part tomorrow," said Farina.

"The two-day turnaround is just too short."

It looks as though Scottish midfielder Charlie Miller will return to the squad after being out with injury along with the possible inclusions of key midfielder Danny Titatto, defender Josh McCloughan and goalkeeper Liam Reddy and it's one of the strongest Roar squads in recent weeks.

Sydney is likely to take a youthful squad to Queensland which will include last-start matchwinner Kofi Danning and midfielder Rhyan Grant who have been released from the U18 Australian squad which is competing at this week's Olympic Youth Festival.

Andrew Slevison
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