Socceroos in tip-top shape for Tajikistan test

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is set to have a full squad to choose from with defender Matthew Spiranovic the only doubt for tonight’s (Tuesday) FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 Qualifier™ against Tajikistan in Dushanbe.

Spiranovic had been battling a head cold since the squad arrived, raising the possibility the Socceroos boss would be forced into at least one change for the clash with the 158th-ranked Tajiks.

But all 23 players took part in the squad’s final hit-out on the Republican Central Stadium’s artificial surface on Monday, giving Postecoglou plenty to ponder over selection.

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“At this stage I think everyone should be available, Matt Spiranovic had a slight head cold but we’re hoping he will overcome that,” Postecoglou told FFA TV.

“Everyone else has backed up really well. We’ve got some really good processes and people working with the players; and the players have been really good in making sure they do everything right.

“It was a long trip but I would suggest by game day we’d have pretty much a full list.

“In terms of team selection, I’ll have a look at who looks good at training and make a decision then.”