6 Oct 2008

Durante not expecting warm welcome when he returns to Newcastle

4:49 pm on 6 October 2008

Phoenix captain Andrew Durante is expecting a somewhat mixed reception when he takes the field against his old club and current A league football champions Newcastle in Newcastle this evening.

The skipper returns to the Phoenix line up after missing last week's only win of the season so far, the 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Sydney.

Durante feels it's good a time to take on his old club as they have several key players out through injury and representative duty.

The match kicks off at 5pm this evening.