Round 2 Squad: Western United vs Sydney FC

Western United

John Aloisi has confirmed his extended 20-man squad for Western United’s home opener against Sydney FC on Sunday.

The Green and Black will be out to bounce back from defeat in Round 1 and will be spurred on by a home crowd for the first time.

There is one change to the 20-man list from last week’s match, with Tomoki Imai forced out of the side due to a shoulder injury.

The Japanese defender underwent surgery to repair the issue in his AC joint and is expected to return to the pitch in 6-7 weeks.

Imai’s omission means Ben Collins comes into the extended squad for the first time this season. The young centre-back made his first senior start in the Australia Cup during the off-season after debuting in the A-League Men in May.

Western United squad

Western United squad: 1. Jamie YOUNG (gk), 4. Leo LACROIX, 5. Dylan PIERIAS, 7. Tongo DOUMBIA, 8. Lachlan WALES, 9. Dylan WENZEL-HALLS, 10. Steven LUSTICA, 11. Connor PAIN, 14. James TROISI, 17. Ben GARUCCIO, 19. Joshua RISDON (c), 21. Sebastian PASQUALI, 26. Nicolas MILANOVIC, 27. Jacob TRATT, 33. Ben COLLINS, 37. Ryan SCOTT (gk), 38. Noah BOTIC, 44. Nikolai TOPOR-STANLEY, 88. Neil KILKENNY, 99. Aleksandar PRIJOVIC.

Ins: 21. Sebastian PASQUALI, 33. Ben COLLINS (promoted), 99. Aleksandar PRIJOVIC

Outs: 6. Tomoki IMAI (injured)

Unavailable: 31. Adisu BAYEW (injured), 42. Rhys BOZINOVSKI (national team)

Match Details

Western United vs Sydney FC

Sunday, 16 October

Kick-off: 5:00pm AEDT

AAMI Park, Melbourne

Broadcast: The match will be broadcast live on Paramount+

Tickets: Fans can come together behind the goals for just $20. Purchase tickets here.

Pre-match: Enjoy the family fun at Gosch’s Paddock and join the Championship Trophy march into the stadium.