INS & OUTS: Lewis sidelined with knee injury

Wellington Phoenix men’s coach Ufuk Talay will be forced to make a change to his starting XI for Saturday afternoon’s Isuzu UTE A-League match against the Perth Glory in Palmerston North.

All Whites midfielder Clayton Lewis suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s 2-1 win over the Central Coast Mariners at Sky Stadium and has been ruled out of this weekend’s match.

Lewis has featured in all 13 of the men’s matches so far this season, starting the past 12 after coming off the bench in the season-opener against Adelaide United.

He joins centre back Scott Wootton (calf) on the sidelines.

Wellington Phoenix men’s squad: 
3. Finn SURMAN, 5. Steven UGARKOVIC, 6. Tim PAYNE, 7. Kosta BARBAROUSES, 8. Ben OLD, 9. Oskar ZAWADA, 10. David BALL, 11. Bozhidar KRAEV, 12. Lucas MAURAGIS, 13. Nicholas PENNINGTON, 14. Alex RUFER, 17. Callan ELLIOT, 19. Sam SUTTON, 20. Oli SAIL (gk), 21. Joshua LAWS, 24. Oskar VAN HATTUM, 31. Yan SASSE, 35. Noah KARUNARATNE, 40. Alex PAULSEN (gk).

IN: 35. Noah KARUNARATNE (promoted).

23. Clayton LEWIS (injured).

Unavailable: 4. Scott WOOTTON (injured), 23. Clayton LEWIS (injured).

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – JANUARY 22: Coach Natalie Lawrence of the Phoenix looks on during the round 11 A-League Women’s match between Wellington Phoenix and Canberra United at Sky Stadium, on January 22, 2023, in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Wellington Phoenix women’s coach Natalie Lawrence will be able to call on the same players that broke through for a resounding 5-0 win over Canberra United at Sky Stadium on Sunday.

Nineteen players are again vying for 16 places in the matchday squad for Saturday’s 12th round Liberty A-League match against the Brisbane Roar in Brisbane.

Club captain Lily Alfeld (injury), playmaker Alyssa Whinham (personal reasons) and Football Ferns forward Emma Rolston (suspended) remain unavailable for selection.

Wellington Phoenix women’s squad: 2. Saskia VOSPER, 3. Kate TAYLOR, 4. Mackenzie BARRY, 5. Marisa VAN DER MEER, 6. Isabel GOMEZ, 7. Chloe KNOTT, 8. Grace WISNEWSKI, 9. Ava PRITCHARD, 11. Betsy HASSETT, 12. Brianna EDWARDS (gk), 13. Paige SATCHELL, 14. Michaela ROBERTSON, 15. Zoe MCMEEKEN, 17. Claudia CICCO, 18. Te Reremoana WALKER, 19. Charlotte LANCASTER, 20. Milly CLEGG, 21. Michaela FOSTER, 22. Georgia CANDY (gk).

IN: Nil.

OUT: Nil.

Unavailable: 1. Lily ALFELD (gk) (injured), 10. Alyssa WHINHAM (personal reasons), 16. Emma ROLSTON (suspended).