City won't be distracted in A-L: Kisnorbo

Melbourne City coach Patrick Kisnorbo says his Socceroos and Olyroos won't be distracted by potential national team duties clashing with A-League finals.

PATRICK KISNORBO assistant coach of Melbourne City.
PATRICK KISNORBO assistant coach of Melbourne City. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images

Patrick Kisnorbo says his high-flying Melbourne City team won't be distracted by the prospect of their A-League finals and national team commitments colliding.

Graham Arnold reportedly intends to take top A-League players to Kuwait for the Socceroos' June World Cup qualifiers, while the Olyroos could play in the youth Toulon friendly tournament that month.

Both clash with the A-League finals.

Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout and Curtis Good could be on Socceroos duties while Tom Glover, Nathaniel Atkinson, Connor Metcalfe and injured midfielder Aiden O'Neill are in the Olyroos mix.

"I would assume that (the senior Socceroos are) professional enough not to get distracted on what's going on behind the scenes that they can't control and they worry about training and playing," Kisnorbo said.

"... (The Olyroos are) professional enough as well, even at a young age, that the way they've been getting recognition for their national teams is (by) playing here.

"So if that drops off then things change.

"We don't want that, speaking as a collective.

But I think their main aim is just to concentrate here and whatever will be will be.

"We'll worry about it when it comes closer to the date when things are supposed to be scheduled."

United counterpart Mark Rudan said he wouldn't let any concerns about potential Olyroos berths for the likes of Lachlan Wales and Dylan Pierias affect his selection decisions.

"It's a privilege to play for your country - I would never step in the way of any of our footballers to represent their football country," he said.

"It's a great honour, it's probably the biggest honour you can achieve as a footballer.

"We'll cross that bridge when we get there but nothing changes in terms of our preparations."

United will be out to upset third-placed City, who have won six games on the bounce, at AAMI Park on Thursday night.

"They're a team in form and it's our job to go out there and stop them in their tracks," Rudan said.

"... we're looking forward to this test tomorrow which will be a good test and a good challenge for us to see what we're made of."

KEY STATS

* City have won all five of their A-League clashes with Western United

* Alessandro Diamanti has provided three assists for both Besart Berisha and Dylan Pierias

* Jamie Maclaren (12 goals, four assists) and Craig Noone (four goals, four assists) are the only players to record at least four goals and four assists this season