Melbourne Victory player Marco Rojas wants international breaks for the A-League.
Melbourne Victory player Marco Rojas wants international breaks for the A-League. JULIAN SMITH

Give us a break, says Victory star

MARCO Rojas has called for A-League international breaks, with the winger set to be one of at least four Melbourne Victory players to miss the crucial Round 24 trip to Brisbane Roar.

It's understood that Jai Ingham will be called up for his maiden New Zealand camp, joining Rojas, while Besart Berisha will make his Kosovo debut and James Troisi is set for a Socceroos recall.

That would rise to five if right-back Jason Geria get a Socceroos call-up, with Ange Postecoglou next week announcing his squad for World Cup qualifiers at the end of the month.

As many as 20 players could miss Round 24, with Wellington Phoenix to miss up to 12 for New Zealand's World Cup qualifiers against Fiji, while Postecoglou looks set to pick at least another five A-League players.

Football Federation Australia introduced a split round prior to the FIFA break, meaning Victory players will have a week off before going into camp but Rojas said it was time for change.

"Hopefully it's something that they work out and I'm definitely in support of it. I do believe (we need international breaks)," Rojas said.

"I understood why at the start it wasn't like that because this wasn't really happening, but now it's a different story, the A-League is a different league.

"It's a lot better, there are better imports coming in and a few of the Australians are picking up Socceroos caps.

"It's definitely something they need to look at because it's not ideal when the (FIFA) window comes along and three or four players are going because the scheduling just doesn't work with it."

News Corp Australia


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