Vukovic and Bosnich both in the mix

Although it is Mark Bosnich’s last game with the Central Coast Mariners this weekend, he is not guaranteed a starting spot in the line-up.

Although it is Mark Bosnich’s last game with the Central Coast Mariners this weekend, he is not guaranteed a starting spot in the line-up.

The return of the previously suspended Danny Vukovic and the fact Bosnich is coming back from a hamstring strain has forced coach Lawrie McKinna to choose between his two goalkeeping options.

Speaking to The Age, McKinna said, “There'll be no sentiment. It's about winning the game and putting in the best keeper. Danny's definitely in contention, we'll just see who trains the best.

"It's a good position to be in when you've got two goalkeepers going for one spot."

Vukovic was also unsure of what the outcome would be on the weekend but was just relieved to be permitted to play again and looking forward to further opportunities.

“We are not sure who is playing yet between me and Bozza (Bosnich). Obviously he has some concerns with his hamstring but I’m going to get myself ready for a game on Sunday,” he said.

“If I play I’ll be very happy, if not I’m happy just to be back off suspension and putting everything behind me.”

On the other hand, Bosnich’s immediate playing future is unclear but McKinna was adamant he could continue to perform at the highest level if he was willing to.

"If he's injury free and can continue to get fit as he goes along, he's definitely got a future in the game," he added.

The Mariners will hold a farewell luncheon for Bosnich before the home match against Wellington on Sunday.

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