Australia’s Asian Cup defence has taken a success with star midfielder Aaron Mooy formally dominated out of the match.
The Socceroos confirmed on Monday a knee injury would sideline the 28-year-old for your entire match, which begins within the United Arab Emirates on Jan. 5.
Mooy suffered the injury enjoying for English Premier League membership Huddersfield City towards Arsenal earlier this month.
Socceroos physiotherapist Phil Coles travelled to England for an impartial evaluation of the injury after Huddersfield initially dominated Mooy out for eight weeks.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold stated it was unlikely Mooy can be match earlier than the quarterfinals and the choice was made to omit him from his 23-man squad.
“In making the evaluation on the injury we agreed Aaron would wish not less than one other month to return to health,” Arnold stated.
“In a best-case state of affairs, this could imply he wouldn’t be prepared to play till after the quarter-final stage.
“With so many video games in such a brief interval we felt it could be greatest to herald a participant that’s absolutely match and prepared to go from the outset.”
Austria-based James Jeggo will substitute Mooy.
Jeggo debuted for the Socceroos in final month’s pleasant towards Lebanon in Sydney.
“Initially James was very unfortunate to miss out on the squad, however generally this stuff occur in soccer and we’re glad we will present him with this chance,” Arnold stated.
Mooy joins Celtic winger Daniel Arzani (knee) on the sidelines as Australia makes an attempt to defend the title won on dwelling soil in 2015.
In higher information for Arnold, Mathew Leckie will be a part of the Socceroos camp within the UAE within the coming days regardless of injuring a hamstring in a Bundesliga match for Hertha Berlin on the weekend.
Leckie might be assessed upon his arrival within the UAE however an preliminary evaluation suggests he might be match to participate within the match.
The Socceroos start their title defence towards Jordan in Al Ain on Jan. 6, earlier than dealing with Palestine 5 days later and concluding their Group B fixtures towards Syria on Jan. 15.