Three Glory players in line for a start against Victory

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With stars Diego Castro, Josh Risdon and Rhys Williams unavailable for the Melbourne Victory clash, coach Kenny Lowe will be looking to fill the gaps in his squad for their trip to the Victorian capital.

Here are the three players Lowe should play to cover the loss of the key men:

 

1. Adam Taggart

The natural replacement for Diego Castro, Taggart is most likely to come into the starting 11 this weekend for the Glory. Having endured a horrid run of injuries so far this campaign, which has seen him miss six weeks of first team action, the ex-Socceroo will want to put his best foot forward and show the Glory faithful his injury woes are behind him. The prospect of having two bona fide goal scorers in Taggart and Andy Keogh leading the line should only excite the Glory fans. If the 2013-2014 Young Footballer of the Year can rekindle the form that earned him the award it will go a long way to easing the pain of losing the virtuoso Castro.

 

2. Mitch Oxborrow

The 21-year old could be in line for a return to the starting 11 as Kenny Lowe looks for midfield re-enforcements with both Castro and Williams unavailable this weekend. Oxborrow made nine starts throughout his 19 appearances last season, so he is no stranger to the A-League. Including the ex-Newcastle Jets youth player in the side for the away trip to AAMI Park would definitely add to an already fiery central midfield comprising of skipper Rostyn Griffiths and Serbian recruit Milan Smiljanic. Who knows, if Oxborrow can positively link up with forwards Keogh and Chris Harold, we may see him add to his wonder strike scored last season against Western Sydney Wanderers.

 

3. Aryn Williams

The only other genuine right-back in Perth Glory’s squad, Aryn Williams should be the man to replace Risdon this weekend. Williams appeared 15 times last season and notched 11 starts, so like Oxborrow is no stranger to the rigours of the A-League. Lowe has trialled both Dino Djulbic and Rhys Williams at right-back in place of Risdon so far this campaign, but the duo have clearly lacked the pace required for the role. The ex Burnley man has the pace needed for the job and will be a better fit for the team as they look to get a much needed result against a very strong Melbourne Victory side.

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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