Three changes to Qantas Under 23 squad
Qantas Under 23’s coach Graham Arnold has been forced to make three changes to his squad that left yesterday for the match against Lebanon to be played in Beirut next week.
Qantas Under 23-s coach Graham Arnold has been forced to make three changes to his squad that left yesterday for the match against Lebanon to be played in Beirut next week.
The major loss was that of leading Hyundai A-League goalscorer Bruce Djite, who rolled an ankle against Perth Glory on Sunday. Also not making the trip is Melbourne-s Leigh Broxham (hamstring) and David Micevski (groin).
Coming into the squad is Newcastle Jets Adam D-Apuzzo and Perth-s Jordan Simpson.
Another to not fly out on Monday with the squad to Abu Dhabi in the UAE, where they will based for eight days before going to Beirut, was Perth-s Billy Celeski, who copped a knock to his ribs and was advised not to fly for several days. He is expected to fly out on Thursday and join his team mates to acclimatize in the hot conditions.
Djite could be out for up to four weeks with ligament damage, which could put in doubt for the crucial qualifier against Iraq in Gosford on November 17. He is awaiting the results of MRI scans to see the extent of the damage.