Rojas won't be leading with jaw this time

SAM WORTHINGTON
Last updated 05:00 03/11/2012
Marco Rojas
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GIFTED: Marco Rojas at All Whites training ahead of the games against Tahiti.

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Marco Rojas says he has forgiven former Wellington Phoenix team-mate Manny Muscat for breaking his jaw last season.

Former Phoenix star Rojas, now playing for Melbourne Victory, bore the brunt of a heavy challenge from Muscat which ended his forgettable 2011-12 campaign.

The pair square off for the first time since that incident on Monday night at Etihad Stadium, with Rojas celebrating his 21st birthday and Muscat his 100th game.

"No hard feelings, it's not like he tried to do it on purpose," Rojas said.

"He just tried to win a challenge and that stuff happens. I'm not one to hold a grudge anyway so I'm just looking forward to getting out there and seeing my old team-mates again."

Rojas, who has scored twice in four games for the Victory this season, quipped that he wasn't angry at the time because: "I didn't even know where I was. It didn't look the best but that's football."

The Phoenix will be without defender Ben Sigmund, who was red carded in the controversial 3-1 loss to Adelaide United.

"It's unfair on Siggy to be honest. He shouldn't have been sent off but the referee has done what he's done and they haven't been able to change it," Rojas said.

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