Brisbane Roar forced to sit out foreign pair
BRISBANE Roar coach Frans Thijssen has kept his cards close to his chest regarding who he would play at right back in tonight's Asian Champions League opener against Beijing Guoan on the Gold Coast.
The Roar recruited German defender Jerome Polenz from Western Sydney last month, and he has filled the role in the past three games for the club.
Unfortunately none of Brisbane's five foreign players hail from the Asian Football Confederation, so under the AFC rules the club could only pick three of those in its squad for tonight's match.
Thijssen opted for star German playmaker Thomas Broich, and attackers Andrija Kaludjerovic (Serbia) and Henrique (Brazil), leaving Polenz and in-form Costa Rican striker Jean Carlos Solorzano to watch from the grandstand.
"We have a couple of options there. There are a couple of guys I want to see there and that will happen (tonight)," Thijssen said when asked who would play right-back.
Jack Hingert and Daniel Bowles appear the most likely options.
Kaludjerovic should have a good insight into Beijing Guoan's style - he made 11 appearances for the Chinese club from 2012-14, scoring two goals.
Meanwhile, the Wanderers will also open their ACL title defence with an away clash against 2009 J-League winners Kashima Antlers in Japan tonight.