Frustrated Kurz faces massive test of Victory depth in Sydney test

Sunday’s “Big Blue” between Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC shapes as a massive test of the strength in depth of Marco Kurz’s squad, which has struggled to gain traction in the early rounds of the season after losing several key players at the end of the last campaign.

Victory face massive personnel problems for their trip to Sydney next weekend, with more than half a team’s worth of first choice players missing for either injury or international call-up.

Marco Kurz will be missing several first-team players for Sunday’s clash with Sydney.Credit:Getty Images

The game was originally scheduled for Saturday but has been pushed back 24 hours to Sunday, which will allow Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne, Sydney’s two Socceroos, to return from the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifier in Jordan in the early hours of Friday in time to take part in this crucial league match.

But Victory’s injured trio of Tim Hoogland, Robbie Kruse and Andrew Nabbout are all still out of action and the Melbourne side will also bemissing Storm Roux, the New Zealand full-back, Kenny Athiu, who started in last Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Wellington Phoenix, and Elvis Kamsoba.


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