McDonald a no-show as Roar face Wanderers

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The mystery over Scott McDonald's position at the Brisbane Roar has deepened with the former Socceroo a notable absentee from the squad list to face Western Sydney on Friday.

McDonald didn't travel for last week's drought-breaking 2-1 A-League win over Macarthur, with coach Warren Moon only saying his situation was "unclear" after the match.

Moon refused to discuss the 37-year-old's position before training on Thursday, with no sign of McDonald in the Roar's squad to make the trip to Sydney to take on the Wanderers at Bankwest Stadium.

McDonald made his return from a hamstring injury in the 1-1 draw with the Wanderers at Redcliffe earlier this month but hasn't been sighted since.

Despite his absence, Moon is eager for the team to build on their win over the Bulls, which snapped an eight-game winless run and keeps the Roar in touch with the top six and a finals place.

"Obviously it boosted confidence," Moon said.

"It was a bit of a while without one but I maintain, and I said all along, the performances were not too bad.

"We've been competitive in every game and we were due that, we deserved that. Hopefully now we can look to build on it."

The Roar have included Japanese forward Masato Kudo in their squad for Friday's match, along with experienced defender Jack Hingert who has been cleared to play despite initial fears he'd suffered a serious knee injury in the draw with the Wanderers on April 3.

"Great news on Jack ... it's not something we thought was a possibility two weeks ago so really happy with the diagnosis there and the recovery," Moon said.

"It's a bonus to take Jack with us to Sydney."

The Wanderers, who haven't won in their past four matches, have added captain Dylan McGowan and English import Jordon Mutch to their squad with fullback Tate Russell also set to comeback from injury.

KEY MATCH STATS

* The Wanderers haven't beaten Brisbane in their past four matches against them.

* Brisbane's win over Macarthur ended an eight-game streak without scoring more than one goal for the Roar.

* Former Brisbane player Kwame Yeboah has scored twice in five games against the Roar including the Wanderers' goal in a 1-1 draw at Redcliffe on April 3.