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Wellington Phoenix omit trio for lack of professionalism despite struggles

Jason Dasey and PJ Roberts look ahead to all the match-ups in Week 21 of the Hyundai A-League.

Three Wellington Phoenix players have been axed from this week's squad for a lack of professionalism but the A-League club are keeping quiet about the details.

Midfielder Roly Bonevacia and defenders Tom Doyle and Ryan Lowry won't be on the flight to Brisbane for Saturday's game against the Roar as punishment for breaching the struggling team's internal protocols.

The trio didn't train on Friday and despite being repeatedly pressed, co-coach Des Buckingham wouldn't say why.

He revealed the breach...

Franjic, Jakobsen ruled out of Melbourne City's clash with Wellington

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Melbourne City right-back Ivan Franjic won't travel to New Zealand to take on the Wellington Phoenix.

Melbourne City will be without key defensive pair Michael Jakobsen and Ivan Franjic for Saturday's match against A-League rivals Wellington.

Jakobsen (calf) and Franjic (knee soreness) won't make the trip across the Tasman after falling short in their rehabilitation.

The Danish centre-back and Socceroos right-back didn't play in last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Brisbane.

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The long flight to Wellington has been a factor in leaving the defenders out, with both likely to come into contention for next...

Wellington Phoenix's Gui Finkler set to return to Brazil, miss two games

Midfielder Gui Finkler is flying to Brazil to meet his newborn daughter, ruling him out of the Wellington Phoenix's next two A-League games.

Finkler will miss Saturday's home match against Melbourne City and the fixture away to the Brisbane Roar a week later.

He is returning to his native Brazil to be with wife Karine and their first daughter Rafaela.

Finkler, 31, had planned to attend the birth but Rafaela arrived early.

He will return to New Zealand for the clash against the Perth Glory in Auckland...

Des Buckingham urges Wellington Phoenix to rebound quickly

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Des Buckingham, left, wants Wellington Phoenix to steady the ship quickly.

Des Buckingham wants twin Sydney setbacks in the space of five days to instill the Wellington Phoenix with a backs-against-the-wall mentality.

The Phoenix co-coach had no excuses after his side crashed to a 3-1 loss to unbeaten A-League leaders Sydney FC -- the same scoreline suffered against the Western Sydney Wanderers in New Plymouth last week.

It leaves the eighth-placed Wellington outfit in danger of losing touch with the top-six although, with two months remaining, there is still time to...