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Frail Melbourne City defence desperate for Michael Jakobsen to return

Melbourne City coach Michael Valkanis is banking on the return of key defender Michael Jakobsen to cure his team's defensive ills and lock in a home semifinal in the A-League.

City face the genuine prospect of dropping out of the top four -- and losing a home semi -- after being outgunned 3-0 by runaway leaders Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium on Saturday.

It was the second time in as many weeks Valkanis' men had conceded three goals, leaving them grimly holding onto third place, two points ahead of...

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...

Melbourne City out to reignite A-League title bid - Michael Jakobsen

Melbourne City's Michael Jakobsen
Michael Jakobsen wants Melbourne City to look forward and not back.

By their own admission, Melbourne City have lost touch with the A-League title race but will seek to reheat their championship credentials at the ground where last season's ambitions were laid to rest.

City head to Cooper's Stadium to play Adelaide United on Thursday night, the scene of their 4-1 semifinal defeat last April.

But it's a much changed City and a very different Reds side that will meet.

Adelaide can't buy a win and it's City with the most recent piece of silverware under their belt;...

Sydney FC's Matt Simon cited for Michael Jakobsen clash

Matt Simon faces a suspension for shouldering Melbourne City defender Michael Jakobsen in the head after the A-League's match review panel issued the Sydney FC striker with a show-cause notice.

Substitute Simon had barely been on the field for a minute late in Friday night's 1-1 draw at the ANZ Stadium, when he became involved in a fiery confrontation with Jakobsen.

The pair had to be separated several times but one particularly ugly incident in the 82nd minute, apparently missed by referee Kris...

Denmark international Michael Jakobsen joins Melbourne City

Michael Jakobsen
Michael Jakobsen made 58 appearances for Esbjerg FB, scoring one goal.

Melbourne City have signed veteran Danish defender Michael Jakobsen to a two-year deal.

The 30-year-old will link with the A-League club on their preseason tour in Townsville next week after joining from Danish Superliga side Esbjerg FB.

Jakobsen has represented Denmark at every youth level and has taken the field for the national side five times since 2009, playing alongside City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

He's previously played for Lillestrom in Norway and for Almeria in La Liga.

A left-sided...