With captain Andrew Durante copping a two-game suspension following a yellow card in Saturdayâ€™s 1-0 win in Adelaide, and Vince Lia forced out with a hamstring injury the Phoenix were left with 13 players available for Wednesdayâ€™s Hyundai A League game against Sydney FC. That would have meant only one outfield player on the bench.
Lovemore in a striker or wide player, while Clapham, who was in the 23-man All Whites squad at the World Cup finals in South Africa is a midfielder.
Coach Ricki Herbert said he was immensely appreciative of Waitakere, Canterbury and New Zealand Football for supporting the availability of the players.
â€śTo get the support of the clubs and New Zealand Football at such short notice was fantastic,â€ť Herbert said.
â€śIn Seanâ€™s case it is a great opportunity for a young boy to get some more experience in a professional environment.
â€śHe got game time with us pre-season against Brisbane and Adelaide. He has also played for the Phoenix development side.
â€śAaron has always showed a passion to play professional football and this provides him with another chance to sample what that is like.