Newcastle coach Ernie Merrick is hopeful of unleashing injured striker Roy O'Donovan on Melbourne Victory.
O'Donovan sat out Saturday night's first loss of the A-League season to Sydney FC with what Merrick described as a "minor groin niggle."
"I think if it was finals football he'd play, but that tightness and sensitivity is usually a warning that the muscle's not feeling the best," Merrick said.
"So if you make a sudden twist or change of direction you get a tear.
"Rather than risk a tear we thought...