Melbourne City will again be missing the injured Mathew Leckie when they take on Macarthur FC in the A-League on Wednesday night.
City are priced at 6/4 to win the A-League minor premiership and Leckie has a huge role to play in their push for silverware in the 2021/22 campaign.
After finally settling into life at the club following an off-season move, Leckie has been a revelation in recent weeks when scoring goals for fun.
However he has been stopped in his tracks following a groin injury he picked up in last week's 2-2 draw against Perth Glory.
Leckie is making good progress from the injury but City are not willing to take any chances on him just yet and he will be rested against Macarthur.
Speaking ahead of the game coach Patrick Kisnorbo said he is hopeful Leckie will be ready for the big derby game against Melbourne Victory on Saturday. But the Bulls game comes too soon.
"He won't be ready for tomorrow's game," Kisnorbo told reporters on Tuesday. "It's day-by-day. He is improving which is great news. We need to see how he progresses."
Meranwhile Kisnorbo is also considering replacing goalkeeper Thomas Glover with youngster Matthew Sutton.
Sutton was in line to start against Wellington Phoenix at the weekend but the game was postponed because of torrential rain. Kisnorbo is still keen to get a look at the 22-year-old and has a decision to make.
"Obviously that changed but he (Sutton) is definitely in contention for tomorrow," Kisnorbo added. "I felt at the time that Sutton deserved the opportunity, again it has changed because we had no game. Time will tell."