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Melbourne Victory's James Troisi ruled out of elimination final against Wellington Phoenix

Melbourne Victory will be without playmaker James Troisi when their A-League defence goes on the line in Friday night's elimination final against Wellington Phoenix.

A hamstring issue means Troisi, one of Victory's marquees and their leading assist-maker this campaign, will watch from the stands at AAMI Park.

It's a significant blow for Victory, which has spent more on its squad this season than any previous campaign thanks to the addition of Japanese star Keisuke Honda.

That investment means an...

A-League finals race taking shape as Melbourne Victory downs Newcastle Jets

Melbourne Victory's tight 2-1 defeat of Newcastle is a crucial win in the context of the A-League title race.

Victory star James Troisi's unstoppable Saturday night strike, just four minutes from time, kept his team in touch with runaway leaders Perth, already three points clear.

But that same strike had dire consequences further down the table, with the Jets battling to stay in touch with the top six.

The gulf between sixth-placed Adelaide United and seventh-placed Newcastle is already seven...

Australia's Asian Cup squad 'not picked on performance or merit' says snubbed James Troisi

Left-out creative midfielder James Troisi has whacked Graham Arnold for his Asian Cup selection, declaring the 23-man squad was "not picked on performance or merit."

The Melbourne Victory man scored the winner in Australia's 2015 triumph, coming on as a substitute in the final against South Korea to seal a 2-1 win.

The 30-year-old was regularly picked by Ange Postecoglou on the road to Russia but found himself on the sidelines when Bert van Marwijk took the helm for the World Cup in June.

- Australia's...

Perth Glory showcase A-League title credentials, James Troisi sends a message to Graham Arnold

Rob Brooks delves into the highs and lows week four of the A-League as clubs prepare to take a back seat to international action in the week ahead.

Talking point of the weekend

Perth Glory finished the weekend top of the league following their 2-0 triumph over Adelaide on Sunday, signalling that Tony Popovic's men could well be the real deal this season.

Seen as a potential dark horse after bringing in the likes of Chris Ikonomidis and Jason Davidson over the offseason, Perth have started the...


James Troisi insists: 'Melbourne Victory would always be my first choice'

James Troisi celebrates scoring for Melbourne Victory.
James Troisi has finally sorted out his future, penning a new two-year deal with Melbourne Victory.

Socceroos midfielder James Troisi insists Melbourne Victory was always his preferred home after signing on with the A-League runner-ups.

The 29-year-old had been strongly linked with a move to crosstown rivals Melbourne City, with reports suggesting he underwent a medical with City on Monday.

But the Victory on Thursday confirmed Troisi would be part of the club's title push after signing a new two-year deal.

"Obviously, I had a fantastic season ... there's always going to be a lot of interest,"...


Melbourne City close in on James Troisi, sign Stefan Mauk

Melbourne City have signed midfielder Stefan Mauk but are playing a waiting game on Socceroo James Troisi as the A-League club look to build a squad to challenge for the title.

That push might not include Anthony Caceres, however, who is reportedly hoping to move to the United Arab Emirates.

Mauk, 21, after leaving City in January last year following 47 appearances, has returned on a one-year loan deal from NEC in the Netherlands.

The bright midfielder was swapped for Adelaide United utility Osama...