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Australian Football: Papas fumes at fixture switch

Newcastle Jets boss Arthur Papas has been left fuming as a very late change to the fixture schedule has thrown his match preparations into disarray.

The Jets, who are priced at 7/4 to finish in the top six of the A-League had been due to play Perth Glory on Wednesday night before the game was postponed.

Very late change

Papas has no issue with that as a number of Glory players have come down with sickness and they are unable to put a side together.

However the Australian Professional Leagues (APL) then informed the Jets they would have to play Melbourne City 24 hours earlier on Tuesday night and Papas is far from impressed.

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Clubs are getting used to adapting to these challenging times but Papas believes this change at such short notice is unacceptable.

"To be told: 'Oh by the way, you're going to play a day earlier against a different opponent' - I'm not pleased about it," Papas told reporters. "It's the first time in my career that something like that has happened. It's challenging beyond challenging to flip things like that.

"Everything is about planning and process and clearly, I know the circumstances are difficult for everyone, but for me it doesn't sit well that these things happen."

Striker boost

At least there is some good news for Papas who revealed that his leading goalscorer Beka Mikeltadze has recovered from a calf injury and will be available to face the reigning premiers.

"Beka has trained well," Papas added. "We will probably make some changes, especially with the circumstances that have occurred in making us play a game 24 hours prior against a team we had not prepared for."

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