Perth Glory are aiming to snare their third straight win when they take on ladder-leading Brisbane Roar in their A-League clash at nib Stadium.
Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey is set to roll the dice by playing star midfielder Thomas Broich in Friday night’s A-League clash with Perth Glory at nib Stadium.
Broich has been on light duties since copping a cork to his thigh in last week’s shock 2-1 loss to Adelaide United.
The 32-year-old is set to play around 45 minutes against Perth, but Mulvey admits Broich’s likely selection comes with some risks.
“The main danger with a cork is if you get hit in the same place again,” Mulvey told reporters in Brisbane on Thursday.
“And because Thomas is such a tightly marked player and he’s got the ability to find legs and knees, then that’s the issue.
“But I’m optimistic (he’ll play) because he’s got great powers of recovery.
“He’s got great self belief. He knows his body better than anybody else, and he tells me he’s a good chance.”
Roar striker Besart Berisha will be handed a starting role after scoring a goal off the bench in his return from a hip injury last week.
But midfielder Ivan Franjic (stomach strain) and suspended defender Diogo Ferreira will miss the match.
Brisbane sit on top of the table after posting 10 wins from their first 14 games.
The Roar have scored a league-high 28 goals this season, while their defence is the stingiest in the competition after conceding just 13 goals in 14 games.
Glory’s defence have only let through one more goal than the Roar, but interim Perth coach Kenny Lowe knows his team will have to do something special to keep Brisbane at bay.
When asked how he would go about stopping the Roar this week, Lowe joked: “We’ve got two signings. One’s a brickie, and one’s a joiner (carpenter). We’ll lock the goal up, I think.
“That’s what we need to do with those guys, because they’re on fire at the moment.
“If there’s one team I want to watch, it’s Mike’s team. They’re a pleasure.
“A couple of beers, put the tele on – they’re the team to watch.”
Glory striker Shane Smeltz, who scored two goals in four minutes in last week’s 3-0 win over Melbourne Heart, is likely to be used off the bench again in his second game back from an ankle injury.
Former French international William Gallas, who has missed the past seven games with a calf tear, is a chance to join Smeltz on the pine.
Meanwhile, former Mariners defender Rostyn Griffiths and ex-Heart defender Adrian Madaschi are training with the Glory, with the A-League club considering whether to table the duo an offer.