If you fancy yourself as a decent enough soccer player, get yourself down to AAMI Park on Saturday night, cause you legit could get a game for Melbourne City.
After a tumultuous end to last weekend’s Melbourne Derby, which cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory claimed in dramatic fashion, City will struggle to field a team this weekend, with no less than seven players facing suspension.
That’s right, SEVEN players.
In which you could argue at least six of those are first XI players.
Star striker and club captain Bruno Fornaroli, Osama Malik, Manny Muscat, Luke Brattan and Fernando Brandan all collected their fifth yellow cards of the season, meaning an automatic one-game suspension.
Marquee signing and all-time leading Socceroo goal scorer Tim Cahill, also copped a hit to his #legacy after receiving a straight red card without even entering the field of play, after he abused the match referee.
And goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis faces a lengthy suspension after field microphones picked up a racial slur towards Victory striker Besart Berisha, in which the keeper labelled him a ”fucking gypsie.”
Things could even get worse for City, with Danish defender Michael Jakobsen struggling with a calf injury.
Going by their website, that leaves City with only twelve fit and available players.
It’s unaware if City are able to draft more players in from their premiership winning National Youth League side, but FIFA and FFA rules state they have to field a full bench.
After a bright start to their 2016/17 season, with Cahill arriving and claiming their first silverware with an FFA Cup triumph, things have turned to shit for the FFA’s golden child.
They lost their manager John van’t Schip sue to family reasons, and they have only managed two victories in their last ten mataches.
So, like we said, if you’ve got football boots and fancy yourself as a player, get down to AAMI Park on Saturday night.
Actually, even if you don’t fancy yourself and are actually a terrible footballer, you’ll still probably get a gig at City at the moment…
Digital Editor, The Greenfield Post
Ryan is the Digital Editor of The Greenfield Post and the person you should annoy if you want to write for us.