Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Victory Can Play Spanish Recruit

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Victory Can Play Spanish Recruit

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MELBOURNE Victory can rush in Spanish recruit Ubay Luzardo for tonight's crunch clash with A-League leaders Central Coast Mariners.

Coach Jim Magilton was still unsure yesterday morning whether the tall defender, signed on a loan deal, would have his international clearance finalised in time, but the paperwork was completed later in the day.

It was still uncertain whether Victory skipper Adrian Leijer would partner Luzardo in the centre of defence at AAMI Park, after failing to train all week because of a groin injury.

Magilton, still seeking his first win after five games in charge, would not reveal his preferred line-up.

But yesterday's training session indicated he wants the tall Luzardo to slot in alongside Leijer, allowing Mark Milligan to move into midfield.

That would cover for the absence of veteran midfielder Grant Brebner, who ruptured an ankle tendon in last round's scoreless draw with Melbourne Heart. A scan on Wednesday gave Victory some hope Brebner could return later in the season. …

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