SUVA soccer side will miss the services of Samu Kautoga in the opening round of the Fiji Sun/GP Batteries National Football League competition today at Subrail Park in Labasa.
The capital city side plays Savusavu at 3.30pm before taking on Labasa at the same time tomorrow.
Suva coach Gurjit Singh will be fielding new recruit Ravinesh Karan Singh in Kautoga's place this weekend.
Ravinesh, who played for Tailevu Naitasiri last season after gaining exposure with Tavua, is a utility player like Kautoga.
Gurjit said Ravinesh was a talented youngster who needed exposure to realise his full potential on the field.
"Ravinesh is a hard worker and has abilities to fill the void left by Samu. But he is young and still needs exposure at this level," the former Fiji soccer coach said.
Gurjit also said the side would miss the services of Simione Maikali and Samuela Vula in the game against Savusavu.
He said the duo were tied with work commitments and would be available for the second match.
"We will miss some top reps in our first game but will have them in the second match against Labasa," Gurjit said.
"It's important to gain maximum points in the opening round of the national league as this would set a good platform for our remaining matches and also the second leg of the Champion versus Champion series."
Gurjit said he had only a couple of days to work with the team as rain in the Central Division saw them struggling to secure a training venue. Meanwhile, Labasa is expected to field former Suva striker Joseph Mishra after he was cleared to join the Babasiga Lions camp earlier this week.
"Our aim is to exploit the young talents that we have here with us and to tap on the skills of our youngsters as they will be the future of soccer in Labasa," Labasa team manager Praveen Karan said.
The official opening of the 2013 Fiji Sun/GP Batteries NFL will be held today at Subrail Park.