Skipper Mile Jedinak in Australia squad for FIFA 2018 World Cup playoff

By | October 31, 2017


By: Reuters | Sydney |
Printed:October 31, 2017 11:20 am


Ange Postecoglou, Mile Jedinak, FIFA U-18 World Cup playoff, Mark Milligan Ange Postecoglou stated he was assured Mile Jedinak could be match to face Honduras subsequent week. (Supply: AP)

Australia coach Ange Postecoglou stated he was assured Mile Jedinak could be match to face Honduras subsequent week after naming the Socceroos captain in his 25-man squad for each legs of the World Cup playoff on Tuesday.

Jedinak has been hampered by a groin harm for months and missed each legs of Australia’s Asian playoff towards Syria earlier this month. The 33-year-old midfielder got here on for the final half-hour of Aston Villa’s Zero-Zero draw within the Championship derby towards Birmingham Metropolis on the weekend, his first look since Sept. 12.

“Mile’s within the squad as a result of he’s virtually to the purpose the place he feels good and he’s able to play,” Postecoglou instructed reporters. “He acquired by way of 30 minutes on the weekend and talking to him, he feels actually good. He’s in a very good area mentally and he’s very eager to be concerned.

“From an expertise perspective, I feel it’s an infinite bonus for us, notably in that first sport. He’s the sort of man who’s sort of been by way of this sort of situation earlier than.

“Having him there will definitely assist.” Barring minor harm considerations over forwards Robbie Kruse (knee) and Mathew Leckie (thigh), Postecoglou was assured all his gamers could be in fine condition for the opening leg in San Pedro Sula, Honduras on November 10.

Leckie, like midfielder Mark Milligan, is in any case suspended for the opening leg and each will skip the journey to Central America earlier than becoming a member of the squad forward of the return match in Sydney on November 15. “Having (Leckie) match, prepared and rested, it’s an infinite weapon to have for that second sport, it would even work out as a bonus for us,” Postecoglou stated.

Tuesday’s press convention was dominated by an area media report earlier this month that Postecoglou could be stepping down in November no matter whether or not Australia beat Honduras and earn a spot on the World Cup finals in Russia subsequent 12 months.

The coach, who had already handed up two alternatives to make clear his scenario, once more refused to debate “hypotheticals” and most well-liked to give attention to the playoff matches.

“We’re anticipating a tricky contest there, notably with the prize at stake,” he stated. “They’re a tough group to beat, notably at residence, they make issues tough for oppositions.”

Squad

Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Levante, Spain), Mat Ryan (Brighton, England), Danny Vukovic (Genk, Belgium).

Defenders: Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama Marinos, Japan), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg, Norway), Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Matthew Jurman (Suwon, South Korea), Ryan McGowan (Al Sharjah, UAE), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China), Bailey Wright (Bristol Metropolis, England).

Midfielders: Jackson Irvine (Hull Metropolis, England), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz, Austria), Massimo Luongo (QPR, England), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield City, England), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory).

Forwards: Tim Cahill (Melbourne Metropolis), Tom Juric (Luzern, Switzerland), Robbie Kruse (Bochum, Germany), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel).

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