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
Europa League preview: Playoff spots on the line for a host of Aussies
A number of Caltex Socceroos will be out to keep their European hopes alive with their clubs on Friday morning (AEST) as qualifying for this season’s UEFA Europa League heats up. As many as five Caltex Socceroos could be in action in the second leg ties, including striker Jami
Former Caltex Socceroos defender hangs up the boots
Former Caltex Socceroo defender and inaugural Western Sydney Wanderers captain Michael Beauchamp has called time on a storied career in football. Beauchamp retired following the final match of the 2018 NPL NSW season with Marconi Stallions, who ended their comeback year in the
Aussies Abroad: EFL Cup wrap
It might be early in the English football calendar but with the English Football League Cup commencing this morning, the season’s first silverware is now on the radar for the 92 participating clubs. Several Australian players were in action during a round one that saw multiple
Joeys squad selected for final training camp in Melbourne
Joeys Head Coach Trevor Morgan has named a 26-player squad for a training camp in Melbourne next week (13-19 August) as they prepare for the upcoming AFC U16 Championship in Malaysia which will be held later this year. Morgan is looking forward to working with the players agai