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Topor-Stanley right for Newcastle Jets' F3 derby with Central Coast

Nikolai Topor-Stanley has given the Newcastle Jets a boost ahead of tonight's F3 derby with rivals Central Coast Mariners.

The imposing centre-back hobbled off EnergyAustralia Stadium with 20 minutes remaining in Saturday's 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix with a knee injury but has shaken it off to put his hand up for tonight's vital clash.

"It feels pretty good," Topor-Stanley said after training yesterday.

"I was quite surprised. This morning I was a bit stiff, but it was just a matter of warming up and shaking off the cobwebs.

"I ran pretty freely. It was about 90 per cent, but I didn't really push myself the whole way. I wanted to see if I could get through the motions first.

"If it pulls up OK in the morning I should be fine to start."

And Topor-Stanley reiterated the comments of coach Branko Culina, who said earlier that this weekend's exhibition match with David Beckham and the LA Galaxy, was not at the forefront of the Jets' mind just yet.

"The Beckham game is more for fun and the crowd," he added.

"Obviously it will be fantastic to play in, but we are here to get the points against the Mariners first."

Andrew Slevison
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