Christensen timely boost for injury-hit Knights
THE injury-hit Ipswich Knights were waiting for Matt Christensen's clearance to go through so he can play in tonight's Brisbane Premier League clash against Brisbane Force at Bundamba.
Christensen played for the Knights last season before starting this year with the Lions.
Knights technical director Mitch Cattermole expected Christensen to come into the squad if he's released in time.
If that happens, Christensen will join former Western Spirit players Dan Liddy and Matt Taylor who made their Knights' debut in last weekend's 2-0 win over University.
"We know him well so he'll be an excellent pick-up for us," Cattermole said of Christensen.
Rain hampered training this week, leaving coach Mark Dykman still finalising his squad.
Cattermole said key strikers Luke Timberlake (thigh tear) and Mitch Davis (hamstring) were still out.
However, attacking midfielder Adam O'Sullivan (hamstring niggle) and defender Jonas Rasmussen (ankle knock) could play.
With the Knights hovering outside the top five, Cattermole expects his team to fire on Ipswich Cup eve.
"We've got a nice little run coming up so hopefully the game goes ahead on Friday," he said.
"We need to keep pressure on the sides above us and the only way we can do that is if we play.
"The guys are feeling confident."
In other games involving regional teams tonight,Western Spirit play Brisbane Knights at Kippen Park in Capital League 1 and the Ipswich City Bulls tackle Grange at Lanham Park in Capital League 2.
- David Lems
National Premier League - Tonight (8pm) - Western Pride (9th) v Palm Beach (8th) at Briggs Road Sporting Complex.
Brisbane Premier League: Tonight (8.30pm) - Ipswich Knights (7th) v Brisbane Force (10th) at Eric Evans Oval. Reserves at 6.30pm.
Capital League 1: Tonight (8.30pm) - Western Spirit (11th) v Brisbane Knights (12th) at Kippen Park, Goodna. Reserves at 6.30pm.
Capital League 2: Tonight (8.30pm) - Ipswich City (7th) v Grange (2nd) at Lanham Park. Reserves at 6.30pm.