Melbourne City coach says star Tim Cahill is expected to be back in action for the joint league leaders when they travel to take on Brisbane Roar next Friday night.
Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.
Brattan hasn't played a lot of football in the past 12 months - his move to the UK saw him training a lot with the Manchester City under 23 squad and with several lower division teams but not making any first team appearances.
If there is one jockey who knows how to win the Melbourne Cup it's Glen Boss, the man who partnered Makybe Diva to three successive triumphs.
These are challenging times for Kevin Muscat, Melbourne Victory, their board and their army of fans.
Melbourne Victory and their new German import Max Beister are hoping that a change of environment, a fresh challenge and the chance to relaunch a career that has stalled at home will deliver dividends to both the club and the player.
Colourful racing identity is not a phrase heard quite so often on Australian racetracks these days as the big stables have become slicker and more professional. Image and "brand awareness" have become essential elements for success.
Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has been cited for a breach of the FFA's code of conduct for his criticism of referee Shaun Evans during Tuesday's FFA Cup semi-final.
Melbourne City midfielder Luke Brattan and Melbourne Victory full back Jason Geria are among seven players who have been added to the Socceroos squad which drew with Japan and Saudi Arabia for the upcoming World Cup qualifier with Thailand.
'It was just blatant, don't try and cover it up, insulting people's intelligence,' says Kevin Muscat of referee's decision.
Melbourne City dumped holders Melbourne Victory out of the FFA Cup in a pulstating semi final, winning 2-0 in front of nearly 16,000 fans at AAMI Park to set up a final at the same venue in the last week of November against Sydney FC.