Caltex Socceroos defender Brad Smith has been ruled out of the clash with Brazil and the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup after suffering a minor hamstring strain against Saudi Arabia.
His place in the squad has been taken by Alex Gersbach, who will join the squad in Russia.
“It’s a shame for Brad that he picked up that minor hamstring strain against Saudi Arabia,” Postecoglou said.
“It is not a serious injury but the recovery time required for Brad to get back onto the pitch made it difficult for him to be ready for the bulk of this period and he is better off returning to the UK to start his rehab."
“Alex has done well for us when called into the squad previously and he will slot straight into the team when we arrive in Russia.”
Caltex Socceroos v Brazil
Melbourne Cricket Ground
Tuesday 13 June 2017
8pm kick off