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PFA monitoring A-League clash in Cairns

  • PFA monitoring A-League clash in Cairns

Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay doesn't expect the searing heat and sapping humidity of far north Queensland will force Saturday's A-League clash in Cairns to be postponed.

Forecast temperatures upwards of 40 degrees saw Sunday's match between Adelaide United and Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium pushed back by nearly three hours but potentially tougher conditions are expected this weekend.

Players from Brisbane and Wellington Phoenix will face the worst of Saturday's forecast 32 degree heat and humidity of around 60 per cent because their match at Cazalys Stadium kicks off at 4.15pm local time.

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Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick has already questioned the wisdom of scheduling the match in the middle of the afternoon, saying a much higher-quality game would be in the offing if it was played at night.

McKay knows conditions will be tough but is ready to grin and bear it, having played in similar situations when the Townsville-based North Queensland Fury were in the competition.

"There's two fixtures after us on that Saturday and Adelaide was a standalone fixture," said McKay, who is also the president of Professional Footballers Australia.

"Full credit to FFA for changing that because it puts players under extreme pressure, playing under that heat.

"We've played in these conditions before, we've got players in our team that played for the Fury, we've all played up there.

"We know what it's going to be like, but it's the same for both teams."

The Roar has actually been preparing for Cairns by watering their training pitches for the past few weeks in an attempt to replicate the humidity that often wafts from the ground during the northern summer.

Whether the game will be delayed or if drinks breaks will be included is to be determined by the wet bulb globe temperature, which Football Federation Australia says is the "agreed global best practice method" of ensuring safe conditions for football.

Brisbane trained on an impeccable Cazalys surface on Thursday morning with the Phoenix set to arrive in Cairns on Friday.

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