Garcia replaced by Oar in Asian Cup squad

Richard Garcia set to miss out after being injured whilst playing for Hull City

Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck today announced that midfielder Richard Garcia would not be part of his squad for the upcoming AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ due to a knee injury.

After consultation with Richard, his club and the Qantas Socceroos medical staff, Osieck decided that Richard would not be required for the tournament. As a result of this withdrawal, Osieck has selected midfielder Tommy Oar to replace Garcia in the Qantas Socceroos squad.

The Qantas Socceroos will assemble for a pre-tournament training camp in Dubai from tomorrow (Monday 3 January 2011) which will include an international friendly match against the UAE at the Khalifa Stadium in Al Ain, UAE on Wednesday 5 January 2011 (Kick-off 6:30pm local, 1:30am AEDT).

The Qantas Socceroos will arrive in Doha, Qatar on Thursday 6 January and will play their opening match of the tournament against India on Monday 10 January,(4:15pm local, 12:15am AEDT) followed by the Korea Republic on Friday 14 January ,(4:15pm local, 12:15am AEDT) and their final group match against Bahrain on Tuesday 18 January ,(4:15pm local, 12:15am AEDT).

The quarter-finals of the AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2011™ will be played on Friday 21 & Saturday 22 January, the semi-finals on Tuesday 25 January, third place play-off on Friday 28 January and the final on Saturday 29 January.