Victory rush Hernandez back
Melbourne Victory coach Mehmet Durakovic will rush Costa Rican star Carlos Hernandez back into his starting line-up for Friday's sold-out A-League clash with Adelaide United.
Hernandez, who won the Johnny Warren Medal as the A-League's best player in 2009-10, played for his national side against Brazil in Costa Rica on Saturday.
The Victory had expected him to stay on for a friendly against Cuba on Wednesday, which would have ruled him out of Friday night's clash at Hindmarsh Stadium.
But the attacking midfielder was instead released back to his club after the Brazil game - without the Victory being informed - and surprised Durakovic by turning up to training on Tuesday.
"Carlos comes in. He's come in as a surprise. He came early from Costa Rica so he'll be part of the team," Durakovic said on Thursday.
"He trained really well today and, hopefully, he should start on Friday night.
"Carlos in for Billy (midfielder Celeski, who has a corked thigh).
"Billy has pulled up sore. He trained today but I've decided to give him a week's rest."
Durakovic did not announce his full starting line-up.
"I've changed one of the strikers. A couple of guys will miss out and a couple of boys will come in," he said.
Hernandez adds to Victory's attacking options alongside Harry Kewell and striker Archie Thompson who trained well despite suffering a deep gash to the shin last week.
Melbourne Victory hosted arch rivals Sydney FC for a scoreless draw in round one last weekend, while Adelaide lost 1-0 in Perth.
"We played them (Adelaide United) in pre-season and we drew one-all," Durakovic said.
"They're very well-organised, experienced players, so it's going to be a tough game for us."
Adelaide are still hopeful their marquee player Dario Vidosic will be fit for the encounter
Meanwhile, Sydney FC star recruit Brett Emerton will play his first home game when the NSW club host the Brisbane Roar. Emerton says he is out to halt the Roar's remarkable run of 29-games unbeaten.
"Brisbane are defending champions and look like being one of the teams to beat again this season. They haven't gone 29 games unbeaten for no reason. They're a good team and a great footballing team so obviously something we're looking to do is stop that run of theirs," he said.