IAIN Fyfe is set to play his first A-League game in more than three years when the Jets host Central Coast in Sunday’s derby showdown at McDonald Jones Stadium.
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Veteran defender Iain Fyfe appears set to play for Newcastle against the Mariners on Sunday. Picture: Marina Neil
After injuries to centre backs Nigel Boogaard (ankle), Daniel Mullen (knee), Lachlan Jackson (ankle) and Daniel Alessi (knee), Newcastle officials threw an A-League lifeline toFyfe, the 34-year-old former Sydney and Adelaide defender.
He has been training with the Jets all week and it is expected the club will rubber-stamp an injury-waiver contract on Friday, allowing him to play some role against the Mariners.
Jets coach Mark Jones will then have to weigh up whether to rush Fyfe, who has played for the past two years with Campbelltown City in the South Australian Premier League, straight into his starting side.
Fyfe’s last A-League game was for Adelaide in a 2-1 play-off loss to Brisbane onApril 7, 2013.
Jones’ other option will be to partner versatile Ben Kantarovski, who hopes to return from a knee injury, with rookie Johnny Koutroumbis.
AAP reports:Tim Cahill will play a club match in his home town for the first time in two decades at when Western Sydney host Melbourne Cityon Friday.
Cahill’s exclusion from the Australian squad that drew with Thailand midweek raised eyebrows.
But City coach John van’t Schip has been the biggest beneficiary.
“It’s important that Tim got a good few weeks of training and playing,” van’t Schip said.
“He’s 100 per cent …
“He was struggling a bit with his Achilles but that’s all good now.
“Everyone will write and say things but we know what Tim is doing every day here. We’re very happy and we know also that we as a team are going to get better.”
Meanwhile,Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold says he doesn’t care what colour kit Brisbane wear at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
The Roar will wear maroon against the Sky Blues at Suncorp Stadium – the spiritual home of Queensland’s State of Origin team – in agame billed as “State vs State”.
“It’s not rugby league, it’s football. It doesn’t matter what colour jerseys they’re in,” Arnold said.