CLEARED: Ben Kantarovski
JETS midfielder Ben Kantarovski is free to play againstWestern Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadiumon Thursday nightafter the enforcer was found to have four yellow cards not five.
Media reports and A-League websites had Kantarovski receiving a fifth booking for the season,and an automaticone-match suspension, when he was cautioned for a challenge on James Jeggo in the scoreless draw with Adelaide onFriday night.
However, Football Federation Australia confirmed on Tuesday that the 23-year-old had only been issuedfour cards.The confusion hails from the Jets’ 2-1 away win over the Wellington Phoenix in round one.
With the Jets leading late in the match, referee Shaun Evans blew a foul against Kantarovski and then appeared to issue him a yellow card. However,on the referee’s officialmatch report the card was given to Mateo Poljak for delaying play.
Ina further boost, centreback Daniel Mullen completedtraining on Tuesday and is on track to return from knee surgery.
“I’m not putting Daniel under too much pressure,”Jets coach Scott Miller said.
“It is more having confidence in his own ability. He is ahead of schedule. It is not a situation where I will put someone at risk to play one game before Christmas.”
Mullen would help solve a problem at the back.
Lachlan Jackson and Kantarovski have filled the void in recent weeks.Kantarovski ismore effective in midfield and Jackson is needed at left back in place of Ulsan Hyundai-boundLee Ki-je.
Nick Cowburn could then move his natural side on theright back tocover for the suspended JasonHoffman.
“The players who have filled in those positions have been really good, and played within the roles and responsibilities but it is not their natural position,” Miller said.