Melbourne Victory's AFC Champions League squad announced

Ahead of the start of their 2018 AFC Champions League campaign starting next week, Melbourne Victory have announced their squad for the initial stages of the competition.

The biggest conjecture over the make-up of the squad was over which of his four imports coach Kevin Muscat would omit, with Argentine midfielder Matias Sanchez the unlucky player to miss the cut. 

It means striker Besart Berisha, Dutch winger Leroy George and Kiwi flyer Kosta Barbarouses are Victory's three foreign players in the 23-man squad.

Victory open their 2018 ACL campaign next Tuesday night against Ulsan Hyundai at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Japanese outfit Kawasaki Frontale and Chinese Super League giants Shanghai SIPG are the other teams in Group F.

Before their ACL encounter, Victory hosts Brisbane Roar in Round 20 of the Hyundai A-League on Friday night.

VICTORY'S SQUAD

1. Matthew Acton
2. Jason Geria
4. Rhys Williams
6. Leigh Broxham
7. Kenjok Athiu
8. Besart Berisha
9. Kosta Barbarouses
10. James Troisi
14. Thomas Deng
15. Cameron McGilp
16. Josh Hope
17. James Donachie
19. Pierce Waring
20. Lawrence Thomas
21. Carl Valeri
22. Stefan Nigro
23. Jai Ingham
24. Terry Antonis
25. Birkan Kirdar
26. Nicholas Sette
30. Matthew Sutton
31. Christian Theoharous
41. Leroy George

2018 ACL fixture