Graham Arnold has named injured midfielder Aaron Mooy in his 23-man Socceroos squad for the Asian Cup, hoping his star midfielder might be match for subsequent month’s event.
Three A-League gamers — Josh Risdon, Chris Ikonomidis and Rhyan Grant — will journey to the United Arab Emirates, however long-term striker Tomi Juric has been ignored as Australia search to retain the trophy they won on house soil in 2015.
Juric, 27, has struggled for targets at membership facet Luzern and is the largest identify to miss out.
In his place, Arnold has put his religion in a pacy ahead line that includes Mat Leckie, Jamie Maclaren and veteran Robbie Kruse.
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“The necessity for velocity is up entrance,” he stated.
“We have goalscorers in every single place … it is an thrilling attacking crew.
“When you look proper throughout the entrance line there’s eight gamers that may make a distinction.”
Mooy was dominated out final week by membership Huddersfield City after struggling a knee injury on English Premier League obligation.
Arnold stated he’d despatched Socceroos medicos to assess the knee on the 28-year-old’s request, giving his star man each probability to take part in the event.
“Aaron desires to go to the Asian Cup, he is requested for the second opinion,” he stated.
“He desires a specialist over there. He believes he’ll be prepared and so can we.”
Arnold stated he had a clutch of gamers on standby ought to Mooy not come up, or if others have been injured earlier than their event opener in opposition to Jordan on Jan. 6.
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That is the primary event squad in a era not to characteristic veterans Tim Cahill or Mile Jedinak however Arnold stated the standard of the group made him assured of repeating their 2015 effort.
“I anticipate to go into each recreation anticipating to win each recreation,” he stated.
“We have now seven video games and I anticipate to win each recreation.”
Australia’s 23-man Asian Cup squad:
Goalkeepers: Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic, Mitch Langerak
Defence: Mark Milligan (c), Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Rhyan Grant, Matt Jurman, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury
Midfield: Mustafa Amini, Jackson Irvine, Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy, Tom Rogic
Forwards: Martin Boyle, Chris Ikonomidis, Robbie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout