Wellington welcomes back the hard-working David Ball this round – who suffered a minor hip flexor injury in R13 – and continue to take a cautious approach with midfielder Alex Rufer and his knee injury – although there’s optimism that he’ll return in the near future.
The squad is also still missing December’s Hyundai A-League Young Player of the Month, Reno Piscopo, who is currently playing a key role in the Australian Under-23 Team.
Wellington Phoenix Squad:
1.Stefan MARINOVIC (gk), 2.Liam McGING, 3.Luke DEVERE, 4.Te Atawhai HUDSON-WIHONGI, 5.Matti STEINMANN, 6.Tim PAYNE, 8.Cameron DEVLIN, 9. David Ball, 10.Ulises DAVILA, 11.Jaushua SOTIRIO, 12. Brandon Wilson, 13.Liberato CACACE, 17.Callan Elliot, 20.Oliver SAIL (gk), 21.Callum MCCOWATT, 23.Walter SCOTT, 27.Steven TAYLOR (c), 31.Ben WAINE, 32.Sam SUTTON, 88. Gary HOOPER
**2-4 to be omitted**
Ins: 9. David Ball (Return from Injury), 12. Brandon Wilson (Promoted)
Unavailable: 7. Reno Piscopo (International Duty), 14.Alex RUFER (knee), 16.Louis FENTON (shoulder – season)
Round 15 – Wellington Phoenix versus Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane;
Saturday 18th January 2020, 7pm NZT.