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A-League chief Lyall Gorman has played down fears Gold Coast's much-maligned Skilled Park surface will struggle to hold up under the weight of four matches in 11 days.

The patchy Robina ground will see plenty of action over the next fortnight after picking up two Brisbane Roar home matches switched from the flood-affected Suncorp Stadium next week.

A-League leaders Brisbane will play their postponed match against Wellington Phoenix on Wednesday at Skilled Park before also meeting Melbourne Heart there on Saturday week (January 29).

Added to those games, fourth-placed Gold Coast United also host Newcastle this Saturday and Adelaide United on February 2 in a hectic period on a ground which has had turf relaid over the past week.

The poor state of Skilled Park was attacked from all corners after Gold Coast's December 19 clash with Central Coast was abandoned after 19 minutes because of wet weather.

The surface has since improved but Coast players were known to still be disappointed with its quality in their 4-0 win over North Queensland last Friday.

Roar coach Ange Postecoglou also this week voiced concerns that bumpy areas would impact badly on their vibrant style of passing game.

But Gorman said Football Federation Australia were confident the venue would hold up under the strain of the congested period, particularly following a good period of sunshine in the past week.

He assured ground checks after each game would ensure the surface was up to player safety standards.

"We're more than confident it's fine," Gorman told AAP on Wednesday.

"I think they've done an outstanding job considering the conditions.

"It's been tough, there's been a lot of turf work there and the bad weather as well."

The Roar have been ultimately forced to move their home matches south as their preferred alternate Brisbane venues weren't deemed favourable for broadcasting.

Both the Roar's training ground at Ballymore and the Queensland Sports and Athletics Centre were discussed as options but QSAC is currently a flood evacuation centre and FoxSports are known to dislike Ballymore.

The traditional rugby venue hosted a Super 14 match last year but it was not up to the requirements demanded by FoxSports, whose significant broadcast contract props up the league.

Brisbane officials still hope Suncorp Stadium will be available for the Roar's final home game before the finals series on February 12 against Gold Coast but that remains in doubt due to flood damage.

Gorman said Skilled Park would appear the logical venue if the local derby is also moved meaning the Coast venue would host a total of six games in three weeks.


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