Two key players return as Kurz names Boxing Day squad

Marco Kurz has announced his 18-man squad for Adelaide United’s Round 12 clash with the Central Coast Mariners on Boxing Day.

Adelaide will be buoyed by the return of Daniel Adlung and Ben Garuccio after serving one-match suspensions.

In more positive news, Danish winger, Johan Absalonsen, has been included in the extended list and is a chance to feature in the matchday squad after training with the first-team the past week.

However, Ersan Gülüm is unavailable for selection due to accruing five yellow cards, with Taylor Regan expected to replace him in what could be his first league start since Round 1.

Furthermore, Baba Diawara, has been ruled out for two weeks with a hip complaint.

Adelaide United squad: 1.Daniel MARGUSH (gk), 2.Michael MARRONE, 5.Taylor REGAN, 6.Vince LIA, 7.Ryan KITTO, 8.ISAÍAS (c), 11.Johan ABSALONSEN, 12.Mark OCHIENG, 14.George BLACKWOOD, 16.Nathan KONSTANDOPOULOS, 17.Nikola MILEUSNIC, 19.Ben GARUCCIO, 20.Paul IZZO (gk), 23.Jordan ELSEY, 24.Jordan O’DOHERTY, 25.Apostolos STAMATELOPOULOS, 29.Ryan STRAIN, 37.Daniel ADLUNG
**two to be omitted**

Ins: 11.Johan ABSALONSEN (returns from injury), 19.Ben GARUCCIO (returns from suspension), 37.Daniel ADLUNG (returns from suspension)
Outs: 9.Baba DIAWARA (hip - 2 weeks), 22.Ersan GÜLÜM (suspended - 1 week)
Unavailable: 21.Tarek ELRICH (knee - long term)

Adelaide United host Central Coast Mariners in Round 12 of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season on Tuesday, 26 December at Coopers Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.20pm ACDT.