Bruno Fornaroli left out of Melbourne City squad to face Newcastle Jets


Melbourne City will again be without Bruno Fornaroli this weekend with the Uruguayan not named in Warren Joyce's match day squad to face Newcastle Jets.

Fornaroli was dropped to the bench last week against Brisbane Roar and refused to travel with the squad as a result.

Reports in the aftermath suggested inadequate skin folds were behind the 31 year old being dropped from the starting side, but The World Game claimed tensions between Joyce and Fornaroli over a request to move to Sydney FC over the off-season were the real reason behind it.

While only scoring once across four A-League appearances this season, Fornaroli has a strong record against the Jets scoring 10 goals across eight games and looms as a big absence for a City side short on goals.

Against Brisbane last week, a makeshift City attack failed to strike in a 2-0 defeat leaving them with goal difference of minus two after five rounds. 

Article continues below

Without Fornaroli, Joyce doesn't have a recognised striker to call upon making the Uruguayan's absence all the more glaring. 

Joyce is developing a track record of falling out with players - Neil Kilkenny and Tim Cahill being two high profile departures from the club last season. 

Luke Brattan was also dropped completely from the side in Round 4 in a move that surprised many, only for him to return to the side last week. 

Next article:
Ernst Middendorp: Kaizer Chiefs ready to sign Bidvest Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet
Next article:
Zimbabwe captain Knowledge Musona joins Lokeren on loan from Anderlecht
Next article:
Who is Kiko Casilla? The goalkeeper swapping Real Madrid for Bielsa's Leeds
Next article:
When are the UEFA Nations League finals? Qualified teams, ticket prices, hosts & everything you need to know
Next article:
EXTRA TIME: Nicolas Pepe joins Suarez, Pedro in Fifa 19 Ultimate Team of the Week