Socceroos Abroad: Yengi and McGree score mid week, Ryan vs Kuol

With Graham Arnold's extended 25-man squad for Australia’s upcoming FIFA World Cup 2026™ Qualifiers against Lebanon named, there is one last weekend of Socceroos Abroad action to play. 

A number of squad members also put in positive displays mid-week. Read our wrap and preview of what is to come. 

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The mid-week action kicked off in England on Wednesday as Kusini Yengi (cap #638) played 83 minutes for Portsmouth FC and scored two goals, including a panenka penalty, in a 2-1 win over Burton in League One. 

The two goals took his tally to 10 for the season, with Burton representing only the fifth League One start of his career.

He could feature again on Sunday at 2am (AEDT) when they face Peterborough United. 

Elsewhere in League One, Gethin Jones (cap #639) played a full game as Bolton Wanderers beat Oxford United 5-0 on Wednesday. They return to action on Sunday at 2am (AEDT) against Exeter City.

In the Championship, Riley McGree (cap #609) also played 73 minutes and scored the match-winner in a 1-0 win over Birmingham on Wednesday.

McGree crashed a 25-yard shot into the top corner to deepen the relegation troubles of the club for which he played on loan before joining Boro in 2022.

The stunning goal made it three straight wins for Boro to revive their hopes of reaching the Championship play-offs.

Samuel Silvera (cap #634) and Tom Glover were unused substitutes. They could feature against Blackburn Rovers on Sunday at 2am (AEDT). 

Elsewhere in the championship, Cameron Burgess (cap #633) and Massimo Luongo (cap #571) are likely to play for Ipswich Town on Sunday at 2am (AEDT) when they host Sheffield Wednesday. 

In the FA Cup quarter-finals, Harry Souttar's (cap #606) Leicester City face Chelsea on Sunday at 11:45pm (AEDT).

Joe Gauci (cap #631) could be on the bench again in the Premier League Aston Villa travel to West Ham on Monday at 1am (AEDT).

Over to the Scottish Premiership, where Lewis Miller (cap #635) started but only lasted 34 minutes after leaving the pitch injured during Hibernian's 2-2 Scottish Premiership draw at Ross County on Thursday. 

Olyroo Nectarios Triantis also played a full game while Martin Boyle (cap #599) is recovering from a concussion. Hibs are back in action on Sunday at 2am (AEDT) when they face Livingston.

Keanu Baccus (cap #628) is also likely to feature for St Mirren when they face Kilmarnock on Sunday at 2am (AEDT).

Elsewhere, Cameron Devlin (cap #625), Nathaniel Atkinson (cap #620) and Kye Rowles (cap #622) could also take to the field when Hearts face Ross County on Sunday at 2am (AEDT).

Ryan McGowan (cap #546) could play for St Johnstone when they travel to Celtic Park at the same time.

In the Scottish League One, Dylan McGowan (cap #590) should feature for Hamilton Academical when they face Cove Rangers on Sunday at 2am (AEDT).

In India, Jason Cummings (cap #626) came off the bench in the 81st minute and scored a goal while Dimitri Petratos (cap #593) played 93 minutes and assisted in Mohun Bagan SG's 4-3 win over Kerala Blasters on Thursday.

In the Saudi Pro League, Craig Goodwin (cap #562) played 81 minutes for Al-Wehda in a 1-0 loss to Abha on Friday.

Aziz Behich (cap #547) will also reportedly miss a month of action for Al Nassr action due to an injury.

In the Saudi Second Division, Connor Pain (cap #565) could line up again for Al-Orobah FC when they travel to Al Qadsiah FC on Saturday at 5:30am (AEDT).

In the Thai League Cup round of 16, Kenny Dougall (cap #608) played a full game with Buriram United on Wednesday as they advanced on penalties after a 2-2 draw with Uthai Thani.

Brad Smith (cap #575) came off the bench in the 85th minute for Houston Dynamo in their 1-1 CONCACAF Champions Cup round of 16 draw to Columbus on Thursday. While they managed to secure a draw, it was not enough to take them through as they crashed out with a 2-1 aggregate loss. 

Moving to the Netherlands’ Eredivisie, where Mathew Ryan (cap #555) should be in goal for AZ Alkmaar travel to Garang Kuol's (cap #627) FC Volendam on Sunday at 10:15pm (AEDT).

Ajdin Hrustic (cap #589) could also start again for Heracles Almelo host Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday at 6am (AEDT), with the team looking to snap a four-game winless streak.

Over to the 2. Bundesliga in Germany, where Jackson Irvine (cap #568) and Connor Metcalfe's (cap #611) St. Pauli will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table when they face Nurnberg on Saturday at 11pm (AEDT).

AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023 squad member John Iredale might also get on the pitch in the 2. Bundesliga when SV Wehen Wiesbaden face Hamburger SV on Saturday at 11:30pm (AEDT).

There is more Socceroos action to be expected in Belgium’s First Division A with Jordan Bos (cap #632) likely to feature again for Westerlo when they host Genk on Monday at 4:30am (AEDT).

Jason Davidson (cap #545) should be in line to start for K.A.S. Eupen when they travel to Standard Liege on Sunday at 4:15am (AEDT), looking to make it back-to-back wins. 

Over to Italy's Serie B, where Alessandro Circati (cap #637) is likely to appear again for Parma when they look to extend their lead at the top against Feralpisalò on Sunday at 12am (AEDT).

Fran Karacic (cap #607) could also appear in the  Croatian Football League when NK Rudeš host Dinamo Zagreb on Monday at 3:10am (AEDT).

In the Austrian Bundesliga, James Holland (cap #508) should feature for Austria Wien play their first match of the post-season split in the relegation rounds against Altach on Sunday at 3am (AEDT). 

To Qatar now, where Trent Sainsbury (cap #574) is likely to feature again on Sunday at 5:30am (AEDT) when Al-Wakrah travel to Umm Salal.

Over to Asia, where Mitchell Duke (cap #559) should feature for Machida Zelvia when they face winless Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo on Saturday at 4pm (AEDT) in the J. League. Machida have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season on their return to the top flight. 

Also in the competition, Thomas Deng (cap #598) should start again for Albirex Niigata on Saturday at 6pm (AEDT) when they face Tokyo Verdy.

Meanwhile, Mitchell Langerak's (cap #566) Nagoya Grampus face Kashiwa Reysol on Saturday at 5pm (AEDT) as they search for their first win to move off the foot of the table. 

In South Korea, Harrison Delbridge's (cap #623) Incheon United continue their K League 1 campaign, travelling to Ulsan in search of their first win on Sunday at 6:30pm (AEDT). 

Subway Olyroos

As mentioned earlier, Nectarios Triantis played a full game in Hibernian's 2-2 Scottish Premiership draw at Ross County on Thursday while Calem Nieuwenhof is currently injured with a hamstring issue and will reportedly return to training with Hearts during the international break.

In Denmark, Tyrese Francois could appear again for Vejle Boldklub against FC Midtjylland on Monday at 3am (AEDT).

In the Europa League, Cameron Peupion was an unused substitute for Brighton in a 1-0 win over Roma on Friday.

Nicholas Bilokapic was on the bench for Peterborough United’s 3-1 win over Stevenage on Wednesday. He is likely to be on the bench again in EFL League One on Sunday at 2am (AEDT) against Yengi's Portsmouth.

Jahce Novello could feature when Cosenza travel to Ternana on Sunday at 12am (AEDT) in Serie B.

In the K-League 1's, Alexandar Popovic will be hoping to start again for Gwangju FC when they face Pohang Steelers on Sunday at 4pm (AEDT).

Louis D'Arrigo will next be in action for Lechia Gdansk against Zagłębie Sosnowiec in Poland's I liga on Saturday at 4am (AEDT).