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Queensland Roar out to stop in-form Rukavytsya

Queensland Roar hosts Perth Glory on Sunday evening in an important match for both clubs. The Roar sits fifth on the table and are just two points off jumping into the top four whilst the glory are currently on the bottom and need another win to set themselves up for a crack at finals action.

One man who can singlehandedly get the Glory there is striker Nikita Rukavytsya who has scored four times in the past three games.

Queensland Roar defender Josh McCloughan has identified Rukavytsya as the Glory's danger man.

"He (Rukavytsya) has been doing really well and scoring some good goals so he's definitely a dangerous player for us," McCloughan said.

"I've noticed every time he picks the ball up just inside his own half and runs with it he's very dangerous and that's when I think he has his success so I think when he's asking for that ball we need to be nice and tight with him."

Both teams have some key inclusions into their squads for the clash with the Roar adding Young Socceroos trio Luke DeVere, Tahj Minniecon and Mitch Nichols along with South Korean midfielder Hyuk-Su Seo.

Craig Moore is a massive loss for the home side but is expected back next week.

The Glory have included goalkeeper Jason Petkovic, defender David Tarka as well as former Celtic midfielder Marc Anthony who has been signed as a replacement player.

Veteran shot-stopper Frank Juric has been omitted.

Andrew Slevison
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