The Wellington Phoenix will be without six players on their pre-season soccer tour of India.

A 21-strong group left on Friday for Australia, where they will play A-League rivals the Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.

They then travel on to India for matches against four I-League opponents.

Veteran goalkeeper Mark Paston will return to New Zealand following the Newcastle match ahead of the pending birth of his third child.

Four injured players are unavailable for the tour - Vince Lia, Jimmy Downey, Dani Sanchez and Lucas Pantelis - while Mirjan Pavlovic is still on loan in Australia.

Phoenix tour squad:

Mark Paston, Glen Moss, Manny Muscat, Tony Lochhead, Michael Boxall, Alex Smith, Leo Bertos, Paul Ifill, Benjamin Totori, Jeremy Brockie, Cameron Lindsay, Ben Sigmund, Andrew Durante, Scot Basalaj, Justin Gulley, Luke Rowe, Tom Doyle, Tom Biss, Alec Solomons, Tyler Boyd, Louie Fenton

NZ Newswire