Broxham wants Korean ACL bliss for Victory

Ben McKay
AAP

Melbourne Victory may be forced to turn to a first-time defensive pairing as they look to win in Asia for the first time.

In the absence of suspended defender Rhys Williams, Leigh Broxham looms as the most likely option to partner James Donachie in defence against Ulsan Hyundai for their do-or-die Asian Champions League match on Wednesday.

It's a tough ask for Victory who will be without Williams, due to a second yellow card in the group stage, and Matias Sanchez, who was the vsa player to miss out on ACL selection.

Thomas Deng, who scored one of the goals of the A-League season in Victory's 3-1 defeat of Western Sydney Wanderers is another option.

The 21-year-old is seen more valuable at right back.

But Victory's Mr Dependable is ready to step up in the heat of the defence.

"We haven't looked at it yet but we're running short of defenders," Broxham told AAP.

"Tommy can play there as well but his worldy on the weekend has put him out of contention to play centre back.

"I'm ready to play there. If I'm asked to cover anyone I'd like to think I can do a job."

Broxham, who has played in all six of Victory's ACL campaigns, said he couldn't remember saddling up with Donachie.

"Once or zero times but I don't recall any," he said.

More times than Victory would like to remember, their ACL campaigns have been ended by South Korean opposition.

In 2016, they lost to Jeonbuk Motors in the round of 16.

In 2014, they exited at the group stage with a draw in their group game in Jeonbuk.

Three years prior, Jeju United caused them the same fate.

Broxham said achieving success in Asia wasn't supposed to be easy.

"Along the way we've had a few of them where they are really big games," he said.

"Difficult games away from home but big games and the ones you want to play in.

"We want to achieve something we haven't achieved yet. There's massive incentive."