Victory, without Toivonen and captain Carl Valeri, were beaten handily by leaders Perth last weekend.They must now confront Wellington Phoenix on Friday night with the suspended Terry Antonis joining them on the outer.Friday night football gets underway early with a mouth-watering match-up at Auckland’s Eden Park between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne Victory.
If that’s not enough to make it the perfect start to the weekend, we head straight to the Hunter after that for a match which could have major ramifications on the make-up of the top six.
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While Valeri’s absence (hamstring) was expected, coach Kevin Muscat was hoping to have his towering forward join the team in New Zealand.Instead, the Swede will miss a third-straight week, continuing the club’s shocking run with injuries to foreigners this season.
Milicic is tipped to have beaten a number of candidates, a couple of whom are believed to be from overseas and have been interviewed by the FFA over the past fortnight.