Melbourne City will be sweating on the fitness of Andrew Nabbout and Rostyn Griffiths for their first semi-final after both succumbed to injury in their 2-1 loss against Newcastle Jets.
Played in Sydney due to Victoria’s Covid restrictions, the match served as a final-tune up before finals for City but it quickly turned sour after both players went down in the first-half.
The result may have had little bearing for City having already wrapped up top spot but the loss ultimately condemns cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory to their first ever wooden spoon.
A point was all that was needed for Newcastle to leap off the bottom of the table – but a late winner from Apostolos Stamatelopoulos put them two points clear.
City coach Patrick Kisnorbo made the call to start…