Melbourne City head coach John van't Schip has confirmed Spanish superstar David Villa will make his starting debut against Newcastle Jets at AAMI Park this Sunday.
Villa was selected on the bench in last week's match against Sydney FC and came on just after half-time, helping City to a 1-1 draw with a 63rd minute equaliser at Allianz Stadium.
The former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid striker said he felt fine after the game, but van't Schip and the City staff elected not to take any drastic risks.
But the coach has confirmed that City supporters can expect to see Villa from the outset at home this weekend.
"Normally David is going to start," van't Schip said. "He had a good week, we all know why he didn't start last week. So looking at this week, no issues about that."
"That's the big thing with him coming in... it's about the team, he integrated very well.
"We have the game against Newcastle and hopefully with David in from the start, from now on, he's just one of the team. And he was that from the beginning. He will have his role."
Van't Schip has a number of selection headaches to overcome, with international marquee Robbie Koren and last season's top goal-scorer David Williams in contention to play.
Koren picked up a calf injury last week and did not travel to Sydney but is still doubtful to feature against the Jets.
"Robbie a few days before the first game he got injured," van 't Schip said. "We'll see today how he's going to come through the session.
"We'll make a decision tomorrow. Hopefully he can be with us... otherwise he will with us next week.
"David (Williams) is different, he's totally fit. He trained with the team already, before the Sydney game he came back, but he was out for a few weeks so he was not able to be in the squad against Sydney.
"But this week is a different story, he's trained all week. He's back in my mind for selection. Today and tomorrow, we'll make a decision if he's going to be in the squad."
Jason Hoffman is also back from suspension and could replace Ross Archibald at right-back.comments