The Courier-Mail

Safety first for in­jured Soc­ceroo

- DAVID DAVUTOVIC TERRY WIL­SON

KEEPER Mat Ryan has been ruled out of Aus­tralia’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing squad with a knee in­jury, leav­ing the Soc­ceroos’ cus­to­dian po­si­tion up for grabs for the first time since Mark Sch­warzer’s 2013 re­tire­ment.

Ryan was re­placed by Ade­laide United keeper Eu­gene Galekovic, who will com­pete with Bournemout­h’s Adam Fed­erici for the No.1 jersey. Ley­ton Ori­ent’s Alex Cisak is the other keeper in the squad.

Only eight play­ers were there for the Soc­ceroos’ first train­ing ses­sion in Perth yesterday, with a host of Europe- an play­ers, in­clud­ing Mas­simo Luongo, Tom Rogic and Mathew Leckie, due to ar­rive late last night.

Soc­ceroos coach Ange Postecoglo­u and keeper coach Tony Franken won’t have a chance to look at the keep­ers un­til to­day, 48 hours be­fore the Bangladesh clash, with Fed­erici and Cisak ar­riv­ing last night and Galekovic this morn­ing.

Postecoglo­u will wait un­til the en­tire squad is in be­fore ad­dress­ing the play­ers, but the ab­sen­tee list is sub­stan­tial, with cap­tain Mile Je­d­i­nak, winger Rob­bie Kruse and striker Tomi Juric also miss­ing.

Ryan, who will make his Cham­pi­ons League de­but this sea­son, suf­fered the in­jury in Va­len­cia’s 1-1 draw at home to De­portivo La Coruna, a game that fin­ished early yesterday.

Though not se­ri­ous, Postecoglo­u opted for a no-risk pol­icy with Ryan only hav­ing been due to ar­rive in camp tonight.

Mean­while, NPL Queens­land club Palm Beach Sharks host A-League out­fit Western Syd­ney Wan­der­ers in an FFA Cup round-of-16 match at Cbus Su­per Sta­dium tonight.

The Wan­der­ers side will in­clude Palm Beach prod­uct and for­mer Roar midfielder Mitch Ni­chols.

“They had a good run in the Cup last year and they’re into the round of 16 this time so we’re not go­ing to take them lightly,” he said of the Sharks.

 ??  ?? OUT IN­JURED: Mat Ryan will miss the Soc­ceroos match.
OUT IN­JURED: Mat Ryan will miss the Soc­ceroos match.

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