Donachie in frame for Victory start

02 February 2018 10:22:11 EST
James Donachie

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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