Milligan backing Caltex Socceroos' depth in Honduras

While admitting he’s "frustrated" to miss the first leg of the Caltex Socceroos’ World Cup play-off against Honduras, Mark Milligan remains confident Australia will secure a positive result in Central America.

An accumulation of yellow cards will see the experienced midfielder miss the clash in Honduras on November 11 (AEDT). 

Milligan has accrued five yellow cards over 17 matches in World Cup qualifying. 

"Where I play and especially in that role in the last game to break up their play on the counter attack, it's a little bit of a risk," he told reporters this week. 

"I'm extremely frustrated ... but that's the way it is."

Mark Milligan


Mat Leckie will also miss the first leg with suspension and will join Milligan in Australia to prepare for the return game in Sydney on November 15.

In a boost for the Socceroos, skipper Mile Jedinak has been named to return from a lingering groin complaint which has plagued him in recent months.

Milligan believes Jedinak’s inclusion will be important but highlighted the team’s depth as the key to getting a positive result in San Pedro Sula.

“It will be very difficult [to watch on] but we haven't just built an 11, we've built a 30," Milligan said.

"Bringing Mile back with his experience, that is important. But it's never been about one person.

"Whoever's in that final 23 man squad and ultimately the 11, they know what they need to do.

"I'm very very confident in the way we do things that over there we'll get a good result to bring back to Australia."

Mile Jedinak