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.
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.”
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.
*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.
The Caltex Socceroos tackle UAE in a crucial World Cup Qualifier in Sydney on March 28. Click here for tickets
Van Marwijk: Socceroos primed for must-win Peru clash
Bert van Marwijk says the Socceroos have the “physical power” to overcome any fatigue in Wednesday morning’s must-win clash against a “dangerous” Peru in Sochi. Australia faces Peru at 12am on Wednesday (AEST) - live on SBS and Optus Sport – knowing only a win will do if they
Press conference: van Marwijk and Ryan talk ahead of Peru clash
Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk and goalkeeper Mat Ryan have fronted the official pre-match press conference ahead of Australia’s must-win Group C clash against Peru in Sochi on Wednesday morning (AEST). Australia need to beat the South Americans and then hope France defeats D
Vale Andrew Dettre: FFA saddened by loss of Hall of Fame inductee
Football Federation Australia (FFA) is saddened to learn of the passing of legendary football journalist Andrew Dettre this morning. Andrew Dettre was born in Hungary in 1926 and came to Australia in 1949. From 1963 to 1982 he was the editor of Soccer World, a national news
Juric backs front line to fire against Peru
Tomi Juric has forged a career out of taking chances. An AFC Champions League match-winner for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2014, difference-maker for the national side in the 2015 Asian Cup. On the eve of the Socceroos' biggest match in recent memory, the 26-year-old is on