Brisbane Roar ready to face former star Dimitri Petratos in South Korea
Three weeks on from his shock move to South Korea, Dimitri Petratos is set for a reunion with his old Brisbane Roar teammates in Tuesday night's AFC Champions League clash against Ulsan Hyundai.
Petratos was sold to the K-League club for $300,000 earlier this month despite having signed a three-year A-League deal with the Newcastle Jets that was to begin next season.
With Ulsan's domestic season due to kick off this weekend, the 24-year-old has made only one official appearance so far, collecting a yellow card in a 20-minute stint off the bench in their 2-0 Champions League loss to Kashima Antlers last week.
Brisbane goalkeeper Jamie Young is hoping Petratos will play a big role against his former side at the Ulsan Munsu Football Stadium.
"We always have banter with Dimi," Young said. "He's one of my best mates, to be honest.
"I've sent him a few texts. I hope he's happy.
"We all miss him, he's a great guy. It'll be great to see him again."
Petratos is one of five Australians now playing in Korea, along with former A-League pair Matt Jurman and Connor Chapman, fringe Socceroo Tomislav Mrcela and defender Aleksandar Jovanovic.
The Roar, meanwhile, could do with Petratos's service given their squad is currently stretched to the limit.
Injuries to defenders Luke DeVere, Corey Brown, Daniel Bowles and Connor O'Toole and the demanding nature of their recent schedule has left coach John Aloisi scrambling to put together a team.
Tommy Oar, Dane Ingham, Jacob Pepper, Nick D'Agostino and Young will all be fresh, having been rested from Saturday's 2-1 home defeat to Wellington.
The team left Brisbane on Saturday in two separate groups because there were not enough seats available to put them all on the same flight, and they will only train together for the first time since the Phoenix loss on Monday afternoon.
Aloisi will refrain from making any major selection decisions -- including whether captain Matt McKay will again fill in at left-back -- until the day of the match.
"It's not easy, but it's part of being in the Champions League," Aloisi said.
"We've seen in past seasons a lot of clubs will struggle with it and if we didn't have the injuries we've got, I'd be able to rotate a lot easier and freshen players up.
"But we're not going to make excuses, we want to win these games."