THE Newcastle Jets hopes of ending their horror record in Perth have been dealt a blow.
Jets coach Phil Stubbins confirmed on Friday that the club has decided to leave Marcos Flores and Scott Neville at home for Saturday night’s clash with the Perth Glory.
Both players have returned to action this season following ACL injuries and the Jets have decided to ease the workload of the pair, with the side having played their first four A-League fixtures away from home, with Hunter Stadium’s surface undergoing reconstruction works.
“We’ve just returned from Wellington and now we’re off to Perth, which obviously presents its challenges,” Stubbins said.
“Fatigue is a factor and we need to monitor that. The team has changed this morning based on the fatigue of a couple of players.
“Both players are playing their first games and trying to back-up each week after nine months on the sidelines and it is a very difficult situation physically.
“We’re safeguarding what we’ve got our eye on down the track, but we’re certainly focused on this week and we’ll be taking the healthiest group of players that we can over to Perth.”
Stubbins said the time spent on the road during the opening month of the season has given his side a chance to show their character.
“It’s been a bit of a groundhog day for us in terms of away games, but it’s a situation where we have the opportunity to really challenge the group in terms of culture and resolve,” Stubbins said.
“Both the coaching staff and playing group remain in a good head space and the energy in training has been first rate and I can’t really pick a fault with that, so in terms of the group and the harmony and everything else surrounding the environment, it’s very good.”