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Ange Postecoglou's assistant says the club's coaching staff are yet to decide on the midfield duo who will take on their fierce cross-city rivals in round one next week

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has denied Leigh Broxham and James Jeggo are nailed on to start in the derby against Melbourne Heart next week.

Victory are expected to be without captain Mark Milligan due to Socceroos commitments, while the club have not directly replaced classy midfielder Billy Celeski, who moved to Al-Shaab in July.

Broxham and Jeggo started Victory's 2-1 friendly defeat to Adelaide United on Thursday, and with Jonathan Bru featuring little in pre-season, they appear highly likely to line-up against local rivals Heart at Etihad Stadium on October 12.

However, when asked about the probable starting XI for the season opener, assistant coach Kevin Muscat claimed the Victory backroom staff were still assessing their options.

"I'm confident on one thing, that either of them are good enough to play," he said.

"I'm not as confident as you that that's set in stone or that's going to be the starting team.

"Obviously there's still another week, week and a bit of training. He [Head coach Ange Postecoglou] must have had a good look at today."

Muscat also allayed any injury fears surrounding Milligan, who came on as a second-half substitute but then came off limping.

"He was always pencilled in to play 45 and he took a knock to his knee so there was no point keeping him out there," he said.

"He'll be fine."

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