Wellington Phoenix co-manager Chris Greenacre is exercising caution with his line-ups ahead of a grueling schedule which will see his side play three games in 10 days.
The Phoenix came away with a 1-0 win at home to Central Coast Mariners on Saturday and now look to thwart high-flying Melbourne Victory on Tuesday night.
The teams play their long awaited clash after the original Round 7 fixture was postponed due to earthquakes in New Zealand.
Roy Krishna returns from suspension and will look to challenge veteran Shane Smeltz for an attacking role.
Winger Michael McGlinchey is also in contention after returning from a knee injury against the Mariners.
“To be honest (the schedule) has featured heavily in what’s the best we can get out of each individual,” Greenacre said.
“We thought Roly (Bonevacia) started to die off a bit in the Mariners so that was the idea to bring Gui Finkler back in who couldn’t start (after returning from Brazil).
“To risk someone having not trained for a few days, it’s not ideal to put them straight in. If there’s an injury for the sake of an hour of football, it’s not really worth it.
“I think Roy’s overall play has been terrific, he’ll either start or feature very heavily in the game. Michael McGlinchey had a good game against Central Coast, he’s been out for quite a while.
“It’s a selection headache for the first time this club has had in quite a long time, it’s a good time to be at the club and call upon Gui off the bench.”
Greenacre said a top four position was still realistic as his team sits seventh on 15 points.
“We said to the guys ‘we’ve got a 10-day spell now where this could be a season defining moment’,” he said.
“At the end if you can get good results and this is hypothetical… you’re back in the top four. Then the season has turned on its head and everyone is saying ‘the Phoenix are where they need to be’.”