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Ulsan - Brisbane Roar Preview

Goal.com logo Goal.com 27-02-2017

Brisbane Roar continue to battle an extensive injury list as they prepare to kick-start their AFC Champions League (ACL) campaign away to Ulsan on Tuesday night.

Daniel Bowles (knee), Luke DeVere (calf), Corey Brown (hamstring) and Connor O'Toole (ankle) will be unavailable for Roar's game in South Korea as they play their eighth match in the past month, including additional trips to Shanghai, Melbourne and Perth.

Roar coach John Aloisi has impressively rotated his squad, giving youngsters like Joe Caletti, Dane Ingham and Cameron Crestani more game-time than they're used to, while Saturday's 2-1 loss to Wellington Phoenix was Brisbane's first in nine games.

"If we didn't have the injuries we've got I'd be able to rotate it a lot more and a lot easier, and freshen players up," Aloisi was quoted as saying by the Courier-Mail.

"But again, we're not going to make excuses. We want to win these games."

Brisbane started their ACL campaign with a scoreless draw at home against Muangthong United last week, while Ulsan lost 2-0 away to Kashima Antlers.

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Both sides will be keen to get some momentum with a win at Munsu Cup Stadium.

Roar are likely to meet a friendly face in South Korea, with former midfielder Dimitri Petratos set to make just his second appearance for Ulsan since joining the K League club earlier this month.

Petratos played the last 21 minutes against Kashima in his debut for Ulsan.

Ex-Newcastle Jets full-back Lee Ki-je is likely to start against Brisbane.

Like Aloisi's side, Ulsan qualified for the ACL group stage via a play-off, overcoming Hong Kong's Kitchee on penalties.

Ulsan coach Kim Do-hoon has built his attack around Croatian pair Mislav Orsic and Ivan Kovacec, plus ex-Jeonbuk Motors forward Lee Jong-ho.

With a quartet of defenders unavailable, Aloisi's back four is likely to consist of Jade North, Crestani, Jack Hingert and Ingham, although captain Matt McKay played left-back versus the Phoenix.

But in a boost for the visitors, goalkeeper Jamie Young - who is set to be Roar's specialist ACL gloveman this season - is aiming for a fifth straight clean sheet in all competitions.

The 31-year-old has kept Muangthong, Shanghai Shenhua and Global FC scoreless in continental competition so far in 2017.

"The manager [Aloisi] has got to make decisions on what he feels is best for the team and anytime he plays me, I'm going to give the best for my team," Young said in the lead-up to this match.

"That’s my job, to step up to the plate when I'm asked. That's really all I can say.

"It's important that we all do well… especially the defence keeping a clean sheet. We hold our heads high."

Ulsan's K League campaign starts on March 4 against Pohang Steelers, which could mean Kim Do-hoon's side will lack match fitness.

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