Heart captain Colosimo back in action

January 17, 2011

Melbourne Heart coach John van 't Schip says he's undecided how to utilise three key weapons in their season-shaping A-League clash against Gold Coast United.

The seventh-placed Heart host Gold Coast at AAMI Park on Wednesday night with their finals aspirations hanging in the balance.

But van 't Schip is less concerned with the play-offs than an immediate problem of making the most of the talented trio of captain Simon Colosimo, Gerald Sibon and Alex Terra against Gold Coast.

The Dutch coach is nursing the latter pair through a testing stretch of three games in a week, while Colosimo is set to return from a calf strain.

"We have to see if he can play for 90 minutes," van 't Schip said of captain Colosimo.

Similarly, Sibon and Terra needed care, he said.

"Because we have played in Perth, we play tomorrow and playing Saturday, it's not like a normal week.

"If we had, for example, a week off we could easily say they are going to play 90 minutes, then they have enough rest after that.

"So we're thinking about starting or letting them come into the games."

The Heart are equal with sixth-placed Newcastle Jets on 31 points, two points adrift of Melbourne Victory in fifth.

The two Melbourne clubs clash on Saturday but van 't Schip urged his players to concentrate only on fourth-placed Gold Coast, who still harbour hopes of a top-two finish.

"The most important thing for us is focus on Gold Coast, get a good result, and then everything after that we will see," he said.

"They are coming here for the same thing as us, to get three points.

" ... They want to finish as high as possible, we want to make sure that we get into the playoffs.

"So I don't think it's going to be a game where one of the teams is going to sit back, we both want to go for three points."

Central to van 't Schip's planning will be thwarting Gold Coast striker Shane Smeltz.

The New Zealand international has been released after an ill-fated five months with Turkish Super Lig outfit Genclerbirligi, where he played just six games.

"For every striker it's important that you get someone around you who can supply you, and for the opponent it's a case of making sure they don't supply the striker as easy as they want," van 't Schip said.

"So we have to find a way of avoiding that they get easy balls."