Rukavytsya to boost Glory against Roar
Perth Glory will be boosted by the return of star striker Nikita Rukavytsya for Saturday's clash with Queensland at Suncorp Stadium after the 21-year-old completed his one-week trial with Dutch first division side FC Twente.
Rukavytsya has plundered nine goals for the Glory this season but it is not yet known whether FC Twente will offer the Ukraine-born striker a contract.
"It's great to have Nikita back for this game, he is a wonderful young footballer and eager to play as many games as he can," Glory coach Dave Mitchell said.
"His inclusion will definitely give our attack some added potency."
But the return of Rukavytsya has been offset by injuries to captain Jamie Coyne (glute) and defender David Tarka (hip).
Dashing defender Jimmy Downey returns from a stomach injury while youth league players Anthony Skorich and Dean Evans have been promoted into the squad.
Queensland, who will finish on top of the table if they win and both Melbourne and Adelaide lose, welcome back goalkeeper Liam Reddy and striker Tahj Minniecon from injury but Hyuk-Su Seo will miss with a calf complaint.
With the Glory out of the finals equation, Mitchell said it was a good chance to test the club's younger players in the heat of battle.
"We're looking to give a few of the young boys another opportunity to see what they can do," he said.
"We'll have a good balance between their enthusiasm and the experience of our other lads and be a very competitive squad.
"There is a lot on the line for Queensland this week but we're determined not to let them have it all their own way.
"It's important for us to also finish our season on the right note."