Ben Halloran ruled out of Socceroos squad

Ben Halloran has been ruled out of the Socceroo’s international friendly with Ecuador in London on Wednesday night due to a hip injury with the uncapped striker replaced by Brett Holman.

Ben Halloran has been ruled out of the Socceroo-s international friendly with Ecuador in London on Wednesday night due to a hip injury with the uncapped striker replaced by Brett Holman.

Halloran was under an injury cloud and following a scan this week and discussions between Socceroos medical staff and Halloran-s club (Fortuna Dusseldorf) it was decided to allow the 21-year-old to remain in Germany to continue treatment.

“Ben was under a cloud and we received some further information about his injury, which showed it was in Ben-s best interest that he was ruled out of the game,” said Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou. “It-s a shame for Ben because he deserved the opportunity to make an impression at the camp and we will continue to watch him in the lead up to the World Cup.

“We have brought in Brett Holman and I look forward to having Brett in the camp and for the Ecuador game. He has proven himself on the international stage and it will be good to get Brett into the group so he can get a feel for what we are trying to achieve.”

The updated 23-man Socceroos squad to face Ecuador at The Den (London) on Wednesday 5 March 2014 is: Oliver BOZANIC (FC Luzern, SWITZERLAND), Tim CAHILL (New York Red Bulls, USA), Jason DAVIDSON (SC Heracles Almelo, NETHERLANDS), Ivan FRANJIC (Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA), Curtis GOOD (Dundee United FC, SCOTLAND), Chris HERD (Aston Villa FC, ENGLAND), James HOLLAND (FK Austria Vienna, AUSTRIA), Brett HOLMAN (Al Nasr Sports Club, UAE), Mile JEDINAK (Crystal Palace FC, ENGLAND), Brad JONES (Liverpool FC, ENGLAND), Mitchell LANGERAK (B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund, GERMANY), Mathew LECKIE (FSV Frankfurt 1899, GERMANY), Massimo LUONGO (Swindon Town FC, ENGLAND), Ryan MCGOWAN (Shandong Luneng Taishan FC, CHINA), Matthew MCKAY (Brisbane Roar FC, AUSTRALIA), Mark MILLIGAN (Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA), Tommy OAR (FC Utrecht, HOLLAND), Tommy ROGIC (Melbourne Victory FC, AUSTRALIA), Matt RYAN (Club Brugge KV, BELGIUM), Adam SAROTA (FC Utrecht, HOLLAND), Matthew SPIRANOVIC (Western Sydney Wanderers FC, AUSTRALIA), Dario VIDOSIC (FC Sion, SWITZERLAND), Luke WILKSHIRE (FK Dinamo Moscow, RUSSIA).

MATCH DETAILS: Socceroos v Ecuador The Den, London Wednesday 5 March 2014 8pm kick off (7.00am AEDT)

The Socceroos v Ecuador match will be broadcast LIVE and Exclusive on FOX Sports 3 with a 30-minute pre-game show starting at 6.30am (AEDT) ahead of the 7.00am kick off.

Socceroos squad


Oliver BOZANIC FC Luzern SWITZERLAND 1 (0) Tim CAHILL New York Red Bulls USA 66 (29) Jason DAVIDSON SC Heracles Almelo NETHERLANDS 4 (0) Ivan FRANJIC Brisbane Roar FC AUSTRALIA 6 (0) Curtis GOOD Dundee United FC SCOTLAND - Chris HERD Aston Villa FC ENGLAND - James HOLLAND FK Austria Vienna AUSTRIA 12 (0) Brett HOLMAN Al Nasr Sports Club UAE 63 (9) Mile JEDINAK Crystal Palace FC ENGLAND 42 (3) Brad JONES Liverpool FC ENGLAND 3 (0) Mitchell LANGERAK B.V. Borussia 09 Dortmund GERMANY 2 (0) Matthew LECKIE FSV Frankfurt 1899 GERMANY 5 (1) Massimo LUONGO Swindon Town FC ENGLAND - Ryan MCGOWAN Shandong Luneng Taishan FC CHINA PR 8 (0) Mathew McKAY Brisbane Roar FC AUSTRALIA 45 (1) Mark MILLIGAN Melbourne Victory FC AUSTRALIA 26 (2) Tommy OAR FC Utrecht NETHERLANDS 12 (1) Tommy ROGIC Melbourne Victory FC AUSTRALIA 8 (0) Matt RYAN Club Brugge KV BELGIUM 4 (0) Adam SAROTA FC Utrecht NETHERLANDS 3 (0) Matthew SPIRANOVIC Western Sydney Wanderers FC AUSTRALIA 16 (0) Dario VIDOSIC FC Sion SWITZERLAND 19 (1) Luke WILKSHIRE FK Dinamo Moscow RUSSIA 79 (8)