Leigh Broxham of the Victory.
Leigh Broxham of the Victory. DAVID MARIUZ

Victory can cover Kiwi star in Melbourne derby

FOOTBALL: Melbourne Victory vice-captain Leigh Broxham says the team has the players to cover for Marcos Rojas if the winger does not prove his fitness for Saturday's Melbourne derby.

Rojas missed last week's 3-0 win at the Western Sydney Wanderers with a hamstring strain but trained well on Tuesday in his bid to be fit.

The Kiwi international has starred for the Victory this season, having scored a goal or an assist in every one of his six A-League appearances.

But Broxham said whoever played would not let the side down against Melbourne City.

"We've had players missing in all games we've played this year and the players that have come in have done a great job,” he said.

"Carl (captain Carl Valeri) has missed games and we've had a good win, Mitch (Austin) has been injured and players have had problems throughout the year, and it's a testament to the squad Kev (coach Kevin Muscat) put together.”

Broxham said the Victory had improved on its consistency, having not lost in four games.

Defensively, too, the team has got better, recording three cleans sheets in the three victories that came in that period.

Victory could go ahead of Melbourne City into second with a win at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Broxham said the 4-1 defeat in the first derby of the season and the subsequent 2-0 loss in the FFA Cup semi-final to its cross-city rival were something that needed putting right.

"We want to rectify those and the last time we played them was I think a competitive game and could have gone either way in the FFA Cup but it wasn't to be,” he said.

"We took some positives out of that and we obviously want three points come Saturday.”

The Victory has not won in the past four Melbourne derbies. If it loses or draws on Saturday, that would equal the side's worst run in the fixture.



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