Absalonsen not among Reds returnees

05 December 2017 04:58:52 EST

Johan Absalonsen will miss at least the next two games for Adelaide United, as he continues to deal with a thigh problem.

The Danish winger missed out on playing in last month's FFA Cup final, having picked up the injury in the semi-final on 24th October.

He's still on the sidelines for Marco Kurz's side but several players do come into the reckoning for the meeting with Melbourne Victory on Friday.

I think he's always on a good way and now we hope he can train next week a couple of exercises with the team.

Marco Kurz

The Reds travel to Etihad Stadium for their second Origin Rivalry clash this season, having drawn 2-2 in Round 3 at Adelaide Oval.

Vince Lia, who was named on the bench but did not feature in the defeat to Sydney FC last weekend, should feature after recovering from a knee problem. He proved the biggest thorn in Victory's side when the teams met earlier in the campaign, netting both of United's goals with long-range strikes.

Full-backs Michael Marrone and Ben Garuccio are back from suspensions.

Kurz said of Absalonsen: "I think he's always on a good way and now we hope he can train next week a couple of exercises with the team.

"But he's not available for Melbourne Victory, but Benny, Mickey and Vinnie are players that are available and for us it's important that we have the players comeback from injury and suspensions."

Kurz may ask defender Taylor Regan to turn out for the youth team at the weekend to help him regain full fitness.

"He started to train with the team this week but he was nine weeks out of training and it's too early this game," said the coach. "But it's good to have him back in the training process and maybe he can play a couple of minutes with the youth team but we will see."

Meanwhile, the Reds have mutually agreed to terminate the contract of Karim Matmour.

Matmour played 11 games after joining in August but has decided to return home due to family reasons.

Adelaide United are 12/1 to win the Grand Final.

The Reds are 15/4 to beat Victory, who are 3/4 with the draw 11/4.

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