Australia must defend their Asian Cup title with out star midfielder Aaron Mooy.
The 28-year-old has been formally dominated out of the match resulting from a knee harm sustained in Huddersfield City’s English Premier League defeat to Arsenal earlier this month.
An impartial evaluation involving Socceroos physiotherapist decided Mooy wouldn’t be match till after the quarter-finals and coach Graham Arnold reluctantly opted to go along with a participant who could be prepared from the outset of the match.
Austria-based midfielder James Jeggo, who debuted for the Socceroos in final month’s pleasant towards Lebanon in Sydney, will substitute Mooy.
The information is a blow for Arnold, with younger gun Daniel Arzani already out of the match resulting from a knee harm suffered whereas enjoying for Scottish Premier League membership Celtic.
The Socceroos coach expects Jeggo to fulfil a defensive midfield position.
“James has thrived at membership stage enjoying in a defensive midfield position and with three attacking central midfielders already within the squad, we felt we would have liked somebody with James’ attributes to supply some depth in that space,” Arnold mentioned.
Tom Rogic seems to have overcome a knee drawback together with his Scottish Premier League Celtic even interesting to FFA to permit him to play within the Previous Agency derby subsequent weekend earlier than he hyperlinks up with the Socceroos, a request unlikely to be granted.
There’s encouraging information too for Mathew Leckie after he limped off with a hamstring harm throughout Hertha Berlin’s Bundesliga conflict with Bayer Leverkusen on the weekend.
Leckie will be part of the Socceroos camp within the UAE within the coming days and bear an evaluation by Australia’s medical workforce.
An preliminary evaluation has indicated Leckie’s harm received’t stop him enjoying for the Socceroos within the match.
Australia’s Asian Cup marketing campaign begins towards Jordan in Al Ain on January 6.