Troubling news for classy Caltex Socceroos defender

Australia defender Matthew Spiranovic, a mainstay of the national side under Ange Postecoglou, was a notable omission from the 30-man squad announced yesterday.

Postecoglou confirmed the 28-year-old suffered a quad injury training with Chinese second-division club Hangzhou Greentown. 

Central defender: Matthew Spiranovic

Ange on Spiranovic

“He [Spiranovic] picked up an injury in pre-season and he’ll be out for a significant period of time. It’s still not clear the extent but the early signs we have is he’ll be missing for a while. It’s a quad injury but it’s little bit more complicated than that. I don’t know the full extent.”

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Spiranovic's Socceroos career

*Has played 37 times for Australia since making his debut in a friendly against Ghana in 2008.

*He played every minute of the Caltex Socceroos’ three matches at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Socceroo Matt Spiranovic fends off the attention of the Netherland's Robin van Persie at the World Cup.

*Spiranovic was also a key member of Australia’s 2015 AFC Asian Cup triumph, playing five of the six matches.

The Caltex Socceroos boss announced his 30-man squad on Wednesday for the upcoming FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and UAE.

Caltex Socceroos squad named for Iraq, UAE WCQs

The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28. Click here for tickets