McDonald ruled out of China clash
Australia’s strike force has suffered another blow, with Scott McDonald ruled out of the clash with China on Wednesday, after suffering a calf injury against Gretna on Sunday.
Australia-s strike force has suffered another blow, with Scott McDonald ruled out of the clash with China on Wednesday, after suffering a calf injury against Gretna on Sunday.
McDonald, who scored his 26th goal of the season in the 3-0 win, came off after 62 minutes and it was revealed after the game that his injury was deemed to severe for him to travel and back up three days later.
The Celtic hitman-s injury comes on the back of injuries to Brett Emerton, Tim Cahill, Mile Sterjovski and McDonald-s new strike partner Josh Kennedy.
The injury has paved the way for experienced Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson to lead the line, as he did against Singapore on Saturday night in the first half. Other strikers in Kunming already are Sydney FC-s Mark Bridge and Adelaide United-s Bruce Djite, who both played well in the difficult conditions against Singapore in their international debuts.
Harry Kewell could also play up front, although it-s unclear what formation Pim Verbeek has decided to start with and whether he is earmarked for a start in midfield.
History repeats: the stats you need to know ahead of Kuwait v Caltex Socceroos
It’s nearly time – your Caltex Socceroos go head to head with Kuwait on Tuesday morning (3.30am AEDT). Anticipation for the start of the Graham Arnold era has been rising for some time now, but it all finally gets underway on the pitch in Australia’s clash with the Middle East
Arnold challenges his Caltex Socceroos to show their quality against Kuwait
The preparations are complete and new boss Graham Arnold now wants his Caltex Socceroos to show their quality in Tuesday morning’s (AEDT) friendly against Kuwait. Australian football’s new era gets underway at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium as Arnold takes charge of his fir
‘It will be free-flowing attacking football’: Rogic set to thrive in Arnold’s Caltex Socceroos
Tom Rogic is relishing the freedom he’ll have in Graham Arnold’s attack-minded Caltex Socceroos game-plan which is set to be unleashed against Kuwait on Tuesday morning (AEDT). Arnold takes charge of his first match in charge of the national team tomorrow in a vital pre-AFC As
Camp in quotes: Attack-minded sessions have Caltex Socceroos raring to go
Attack has been the focus of the latest Caltex Socceroos camp and, as a result, the mood among the players is one of excitement and anticipation. The excitement comes from not just the latest camp, in the United Arab Emirates ahead of Tuesday morning’s (AEDT) showdown with Kuw