Troisi joins Sorensen on derby sidelines
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The Melbourne derby will miss two of its biggest stars, with City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen suspended and Victory attacker James Troisi laid out with injury.
Veteran gloveman Sorensen, 40, was handed his first red card in more than a decade in City's 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix after handling the ball outside his area.
The Dane will hand over the role to Dean Bouzanis to make his first start in 18 months, and for the club he joined in January, in front of a bumper Etihad Stadium crowd.
But Bouzanis' job got a little easier with the news that Australian international Troisi won't be there either.
The 28-year-old broke his collarbone in a clash with Brandon Borrello, falling awkwardly onto his shoulder after Brisbane Roar winger appeared to tunnel him.
Borrello was involved in several similar incidents in the 1-1 draw on Friday night and picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on influential midfielder Oliver Bozanic.
But it's Troisi who felt the after effects, soldiering on until his injury-time substitution.
Scans in Melbourne on showed a fracture, with the club sending him for surgery less than 24 hours after the match.
Troisi's absence mean coach Kevin Muscat may need to depend more heavily on another recently-returned player, Marco Rojas.
Rojas is in the United States with the New Zealand international side for a match at Wednesday lunch time (AEDT).
The diminutive attacker scored in the Kiwis' 2-1 loss to Mexico in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday morning (AEDT), and Muscat said he expected him to play a role against City despite the fixture congestion and travel - even if he doesn't have time to train with the club before returning.
"At this stage (he'll be back with the club) early Friday morning," he said.
"We'll assess him when he gets in and we'll see (but) he'll be involved, there's no two ways about it, if he declares himself fit."
City coach John van 't Schip said Bouzanis' performance in the second half against Wellington, when the club was fighting to maintain its lead, showed
"Bouzanis had to come in under very difficult circumstances and he showed immediately he's up to it," he said.
"He had some excellent saves, very important saves and he kept calm in some moments.
"We try to keep players who are not playing in the line-up ... ready when they have to jump in and Dean showed a very good example."