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Colazo in doubt for City's date with Glory

AAP logoAAP 19/10/2016 Ben McKay

Having masterminded a perfect start to the campaign, Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip knows he needs to keep pulling the right rein to keep the A-League side's season flying high.

City are aiming to add to their strong early-season form in the club's first home match of the season against Perth Glory on Friday night.

Just three City players are unavailable for the tie: long-term absentee Corey Gameiro, recuperating right-back Ivan Franjic and Young Socceroo Steve Kuzmanovski.

Winger Nicolas Colazo is in doubt after he picked up an ear complaint and didn't train on Thursday under doctor's orders.

With more talent than ever at his disposal and a reputation for cavalier changes, van 't Schip is refusing to guarantee any player's position in the team.

Surprisingly, that extends to veteran goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, who is available for selection again after his round one red card.

With such a contrast in styles from last week opponents, possession-hungry Melbourne Victory, to the counter-attacking Glory, van 't Schip suggested changes were afoot - but wouldn't say if they were structural, tactical or in personnel.

"It's not that you're changing just to change," he said.

"You try to change wherever you think it may help to take the next step, because of rest, or because they did well and you want to keep that team on.

"Someone could also get an injury or there's a red card. Or an opponent plays a bit different that you think ... maybe we need another kind of player for that position."

Anthony Caceres has already paid the price in selection, demoted to the bench for the Melbourne derby despite scoring the game's sole goal in round one against Wellington.

Connor Chapman - a mainstay of last year's side when fit - was also shuffled out of the team for Manny Muscat last Saturday, but could return as the club seeks an antidote to pacy Perth pair Andy Keogh and Adam Taggart.

It would take a brave coach to leave highly-credentialled gloveman Sorensen on the bench in favour of Dean Bouzanis but van 't Schip said he was considering it.

"We'll make a decision on that tomorrow," he said on Thursday.

"Everyone has to be fighting for their spot.

"(Bouzanis) did well in the derby and did well in Wellington, he's closing the gap, that's for sure."

Van 't Schip suggested he was hopeful but not confident on Colazo.

"We have to wait. He's in doubt but we're waiting until the last moment," he said.

STATS THAT MATTER

* Melbourne City haven't lost at home to Glory since January 2012 - eight matches ago.

* City's Uruguayan striker Bruno Fornaroli found the net in three of four matches against Perth last season, including a double in the club's elimination final win.

* Prepare for a shoot-out - Glory (31) and City (29) have taken more shots on goal this season than any other sides.

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