March 17, 2015 11:53:41 UK
A-League leading scorer Marc Janko doesn’t think too much of the league’s refusal to break during international windows, after being forced out of the premiership contender’s game with rivals Wellington Phoenix.
The Austrian striker will play for his side against Melbourne City on Friday, where the Sky Blues are 1.95, and then immediately fly out to play for his country in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Liechtenstein.
I think if the league wants to get better they for sure must consider having that break.
That will rule him out of the game against the Phoenix in Wellington in what could be a top of the table clash.
The A-League is one of the few football leagues that does not break during official international windows, and Sydney FC are far from the only club to suffer from enforced absences of key players.
Another club contending for the Premier’s Plate, Melbourne Victory, are to lose captain Mark Milligan to Socceroos duty as well as Kosta Barbarouses who will be in action for New Zealand.
“It’s not helping the league to become better, because when you want to attract good, international players you have to have a break when there are international games,” said Janko.
“I think if the league wants to get better they for sure must consider having that break.”
Janko, who has scored in seven consecutive games for the Sky Blues and leads the Golden Boot standings with 16 for the season, will only miss one A-League match. He has opted out of Austria’s friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on 31st March so he will be back in time to play for Sydney against Adelaide.
Sydney FC, who are 4.33 to win the Grand Final, will also be without Terry Antonis against the Phoenix, after he was called up for the Olyroos squad for AFC qualifying matches.
Victory will be weakened for their clash with Central Coast on Friday week, with five first-choice players unavailable.
While Milligan and Barbarouses are on senior international duty, fullbacks Jason Geria and Scott Galloway and winger Connor Pain have been called up for the Olyroos matches.
Brisbane Roar will be missing Socceroos pair Luke DeVere and Matt McKay, as well as Olyroos James Donachie and Corey Brown, for two A-League games. The quartet will be unavailable against Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City.
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