Countdown to Syria: Caltex Socceroos diary

Ange Postecoglou will soon trim his preliminary Caltex Socceroos squad from 30 to 23 for next month’s make-or-break Asian FIFA 2018 World Cup playoff matches against Syria.

Here's what some of Australia’s key players have on their plates before the international window.

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MATHEW LECKIE

The 46-cap attacker will look to continue his sizzling Bundesliga form in a busy week ahead.

Fresh from his goal against Bayer Leverkusen, the Hertha Berlin attacker will next face FSV Mainz 05 on Sunday morning (AEST).

Attention then shifts to the Europa League when Hertha visit Swedish club Ostersunds on Friday.

Leckie – who has scored four goals in five Bundesliga games since his move to Berlin – will then look forward to a home clash with powerhouses Bayern Munich on October 2.

AARON MOOY

Huddersfield Town travel to Burnley on Sunday morning (AEST) as they look to consolidate their good start to the Premier League season.

Mooy's boys are then back home to host glamour London side Tottenham Hotspur on October 1.

MAT RYAN

Brighton and Hove Albion will look to bounce back from last weekend's Premier League defeat to Bournemouth when they host high-flying Newcastle United on Monday morning.

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A week later, the Caltex Socceroos number one will make his first trip to the Emirates Stadium when Brighton visits Arsenal.

TOMMY ROGIC

Celtic have one of the biggest dates on their early-season calendar this weekend with a visit to fierce rivals Rangers late on Saturday evening (AEST).

The hoops are then in Champions League action when they play Belgian side Anderlecht away on Thursday morning.

Rogic will jet out to join the Caltex Socceroos after Celtic's SPL clash against Hibernian on October 2.

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MILE JEDINAK

Aston Villa have three upcoming English Championship games in eight days, but it remains to be seen how big a part the Caltex Socceroos skipper will play as the club manages his return from injury.

Villa have home games against Nottingham Forest this weekend and Bolton Wanderers the following Saturday with a midweek visit to Burton Albion sandwiched in between. 

ROBBIE KRUSE

It's a busy time for VfL Bochum with three 2. Bundesliga clashes in the next ten days.

A visit to Nurnberg tomorrow morning (AEST) is followed by a home match against Ingolstadt.

Kruse – a goalscorer in Bochum's latest outing – will then play away at high-flying Holstein Kiel before the international break.

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