Jets pair may return against Glory

07 December 2017 00:55:04 EST

Newcastle Jets will take both Roy O'Donovan and Wayne Brown to Perth for Saturday's A-League clash, hoping they can play some part against the Glory.

The possibility of O'Donovan returning to action has boosted the club after he missed the past two games with a groin problem.

We may see them sit on the bench or play no part in the match whatsoever.

Ernie Merrick

The Irish striker is still the A-League's joint-top scorer with seven goals, three of which came in the opening round against his former club Central Coast in a 5-1 victory.

Coach Ernie Merrick has confirmed he's taking O'Donovan and Brown, who has been struggling with an ongoing calf issue over the last fortnight, as part of the squad for the nib Stadium clash.

But Jack Duncan and Daniel Georgievski will remain behind as they recover from foot and knee injuries respectively.

Georgievski is pushing for a recall when the Jets return to McDonald Jones Stadium to face Adelaide United in round 11.

Merrick said: "It's fantastic to be able to include Roy and Wayne in the squad this week, it's important for our depth and adds invaluable experience on what is a tough trip to Perth.

"We'll take both players to continue their treatment, with a further session for them to prove their fitness on Friday morning."

The Jets coach said he wouldn't be taking any risks with the duo, adding: "There's no guarantees on what role they will play during the trip, we may see them sit on the bench or play no part in the match whatsoever."

O'Donovan and Brown both trained strongly on Wednesday, and Merrick said having them around the squad would be massive for the Jets.

The Jets are 13/10 to beat Perth, who are 19/10, with the draw 13/5.

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