Melbourne coach Merrick has plenty of options

Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick has plenty of options to help cover the enormous loss of captain Kevin Muscat.

Melbourne Victory coach Ernie Merrick has plenty of options to help cover the enormous loss of captain Kevin Muscat.

The Scottish tactician will have to rearrange his defence and midfield to get the right formula but believes with the amount of quality on the playing list that it should not be too much of an issue.

"Over the week we've tried two or three players and Wardy's done really well there," Merrick said yesterday. "He did very well when he came on.

"We've got options in Billy Celeski and we can slide out Leigh Broxham (from midfield).

"We've got a variety of options because we've got two central midfielders.

"Surat (Thai recruit Sukha) will come into the squad as well and it's great to have that kind of depth. We're very good at changing formations throughout a match.

"We're just comfortable with the depth of squad we've got and we feel we can handle it quite well."