Brisbane Roar has depth to go for Glory
BRISBANE Roar coach John Aloisi is confident his team can cover three key absences when his team clashes with Perth at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.
Jamie Maclaren and Corey Brown are on Olyroos duty for a match against Iran in Dubai on Monday.
Captain Matt McKay is in Socceroos camp, with Australia to play Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifier in Dhaka on Tuesday night.
Into the match-day squad come 17-year-old Nicholas D'Agostino, new Spanish signing Javier Hervas Salmoral and experienced attacker Henrique.
Aloisi said D'Agostino was ready to perform despite his age.
"He's been impressive not only in the past couple of weeks but in the pre-season," Aloisi said.
The coach admitted Hervas would not start because he is down on match fitness, but could get some game time late in the encounter.
"He (Javier) is getting there. He didn't have a pre-season," Aloisi said.
"He was out of contract without a club in Spain. When you don't have a pre-season it's quite difficult to catch up to the rest of the group.
"He's not ready to start, but if he's on the bench he could play a part."
Brisbane midfielder Thomas Broich said his team would look to be more aggressive against the Glory, after a dour 0-0 draw away to Sydney FC last Friday night.
"We didn't really create anything that game so we've got to be a lot sharper there and more willing to take risks," he said.
Brisbane has lost only two home games against Perth in the A-League (including play-offs), scoring 32 goals.