Rudy ready for Victory service

Melbourne Victory interim coach Steve Kean has urged his side to make better use of former English Premier League striker Rudy Gestede against the Central Coast Mariners at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Gestede has scored just three goals in 10 appearances for the Victory but his towering presence in the penalty area has caused problems for A-League defences – when he has been provided service.

“With a player like Rudy, you need to give him good service,” Kean said of the 193cm former Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough marksman.

“If you serve him in the box, he will score.

“If we can find a little bit more quality and get on the end of things, I’m confident we can get the three points.”

The height of Rudy Gestede (right) has caused problems for A-League defenders. Picture: Matt King/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Gestede’s cause should be helped on Sunday by the availability of key trio Callum McManaman, Jake Brimmer and Robbie Kruse, who were all suspended for the Victory’s 1-0 loss to Sydney FC last Tuesday night.

“They’ll potentially come back into the starting 11,” Kean said.

“They’ll be back in contention but the lads that played against Sydney played well, so we will see. We’ve got competition for places which is important.

“Overall, our performance against Sydney was good and we were disappointed not to get something from the game.”

The Mariners are without a win in their past four matches and have slipped to fourth on the ladder.

Central Coast’s bid to return to winning ways won’t be helped by the absence of Costa Rican star Marco Urena, who was suspended for three matches after being sent off in the Mariners’ 4-0 midweek loss to Brisbane Roar.

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