Keeper Jamie Young is set for a recall when Brisbane Roar look for a victory against Central Coast that would ease their wooden spoon fears.
The Roar have a five-point gap above the Mariners at the bottom of the table, with eight games left.
If they can continue their unbeaten sequence in Gosford that goes back to March 2013, they will push Mike Mulvey's side closer to a second consecutive wooden spoon.
I think the hard work is the basis and then we've got the quality in certain players who can win us the game.Jamie Young
Young is available again after sitting out a two-game ban, and is expected to take over between the sticks from Brendan White.
Interim coach Darren Davies will also have Spaniard Alex Lopez and Dane Thomas Kristensen available, while former Sydney FC striker Charles Lokolingoy is in contention to make his debut and 17-year-old defender Izaack Powell has also been promoted.
Young, who was last season's A-League goalkeeper of the year, said: "Spending a bit of time out of the game is difficult of course, so to come back and have the opportunity, I'm really raring to go."
Speaking of the clash with the Mariners, who have held Brisbane to two 1-1 draws this season, the keeper added: "We have to be up for it and give our best. I think the hard work is the basis and then we've got the quality in certain players who can win us the game."
Davies said the squad had had a good week on the training pitch following their 4-0 defeat to leaders Perth Glory.
He added: "We go into every game looking to win it, we'll be doing everything that we can to pick a team to go out and win a game of football Friday evening. We're really, really looking forward to going down there."
Brisbane are 19/10 to win their next game against Central Coast, who are 11/8 with the draw 13/5.
The Roar are 12/1 to win 1-0.
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