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Austin a doubt for Wanderers A-League game

  • Austin a doubt for Wanderers A-League game

Pacey Central Coast winger Mitch Austin will likely be rested, but coach Tony Walmsley has vowed to ramp up the onslaught only further against Western Sydney in search of an elusive A-League win.

Austin sustained an ugly injury to his foot last week in the 2-1 loss to Melbourne Victory and, while he is back running again, Walmsley's thinking is to rest the 24-year-old to ensure he's fresh to face Melbourne City next Thursday.

"With the short turnaround and it being such a bad knock last week, we'll probably protect him this weekend and keep him back for Melbourne City," Walmsley said on Friday.

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"But you never know - we've got one more session tomorrow. I can change my mind at the last minute."

Walmsley described the Wanderers as a "formidable" opponent, flagging minimal weaknesses in their analysis of Tony Popovic's in-form side who have four wins on the trot.

But he indicated his younger Mariners group planned to fight strength with strength, in the hope a second win of the season is around the corner for the league's battlers.

"We're definitely going to go for it this week," Walmsley said.

"We'll ramp it up probably even further.

"It's up to the players now to take the initiative and be really bold individually.

"Taking the field with the right mentality is the key for this to work, and it's taken us a little while to get into games at times, and we can't afford that now.

"We're at home, big crowd - as long as the crowd stays in the building - we're ready."

The Mariners will be boosted by the return of central defender Jake McGing from suspension, while journeyman striker Daniel Heffernan, who netted a hat-trick on trial against the Wanderers in a pre-season friendly, has also been named in the squad.

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