Donachie in frame for Victory start
James Donachie could make his first start since Round 2 when Melbourne Victory face Newcastle Jets on Saturday.
The Victory defender made a return to action last weekend when he came on as a second-half substitute in the 3-1 home defeat to Sydney FC.
I'm about 10% off any anything in there [that range] is perfect, good to go, so it feels really good.James Donachie
He's made a full recovery from a calf injury and has put his hand up to play the full 90 minutes against the second-placed Jets at McDonald Jones Stadium.
Donachie has built up his match fitness by playing in Victory's last two Y-League matches.
Speaking of his potential return to the starting side for Kevin Muscat's side, the 24-year-old said: "We've ticked all the boxes for that, if that situation occurs. We've done a lot of testing over the last three months to get some numbers on the strength that I have in my hip and it's getting close to 100% now.
"I'm about 10% off, anything in there [that range] is perfect, good to go, so it feels really good."
Meanwhile the Jets, who are eight points ahead of Victory going into the Round 19 clash, have re-signed midfielder Ben Kantarovski for two more seasons.
Kantarovski is already Newcastle's appearances record holder, having played 155 times for the Hunter club.
Coach Ernie Merrick said of him: "I think Ben has been tremendous for us this year, he's fully fit and playing some of his best football. When I first arrived at the club, I identified Ben as a player who would be really valuable to our squad - he's strong, tough, versatile and an out-and-out ball winner."
Newcastle are 13/10 to beat Victory, who are 21/10 with the draw 5/2.
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