Postecoglou spares Cahill from Bangkok boot-camp

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Aus­tralia tal­is­man Tim Cahill will be rested for the World Cup qual­i­fier against Thai­land to al­low the vet­eran striker to fully re­cover from an Achilles com­plaint that ruled him out of do­mes­tic foot­ball last week.

Cahill’s omis­sion was con­firmed yes­ter­day by coach Ange Postecoglou, who trimmed the Soc­ceroos squad from 30 to 23 for the match in Bangkok on Nov. 15.

The 36-year-old, who missed Mel­bourne City’s 2-1 win over Ade­laide on Fri­day, is ex­pected to re­turn to A-League ac­tion on Fri­day against Bris­bane Roar.

But Postecoglou said he would be spared the trip to Thai­land where the Soc­ceroos will have an in­ten­sive train­ing camp be­fore the qual­i­fier.

“Tim has been left out pri­mar­ily be­cause we have a 10-day lead in, which is very rare, and I want to be able to put the squad through a lot of work,” Postecoglou said in a me­dia re­lease.

“He has done a lot of travel for club and coun­try and I have de­cided it is bet­ter he re­mains in Mel­bourne where he is be­ing man­aged well to en­sure he is back on the park as soon as pos­si­ble and ready for us down the track.”

Cahill, Aus­tralia’s most pro­lific scorer with 48 goals from 94 in­ter­na­tion­als, has been used spar­ingly in the fi­nal phase of qual­i­fy­ing and came off the bench in their last start, a 1-1 draw against Ja­pan in Mel­bourne.

Aus­tralia are se­cond in Asia’s Group B on eight points, two be­hind lead­ing Saudi Ara­bia, while Thai­land have yet to se­cure a point after four straight de­feats.

For­ward Nathan Burns, full­backs Josh Ris­don and Mi­los De­genek, and Bris­bane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren have been re­tained after be­ing added to the squad of 23 who played the Ja­pan and Saudi Ara­bia qual­i­fiers.

For­wards Apo Gian­nou and Chris Ikono­lidis as well as de­fender Ryan McGowan have been omit­ted.

Postecoglou was un­happy with his side’s at­tack in the home draw against Ja­pan and crit­i­cised his team for “wast­ing half the game” be­fore lift­ing in the se­cond half.

He will hope the in­jec­tion of more pace out wide from wingers Burns and Tommy Oar can cre­ate more chances against lowly Thai­land.

“Jamie Maclaren has started the sea­son well in Bris­bane and trans­formed that form into a goal on the week­end so he will come into the squad, as will Burnsy, which gives us op­tions up front,” he said.

Goal­keep­ers - Adam Fed­erici, Mitchell Langerak, Mathew Ryan De­fend­ers - Mi­los De­genek, Alex Gers­bach, Josh Ris­don, Trent Sains­bury, Brad Smith, Matthew Spi­ra­novic, Bai­ley Wright Mid­field­ers - Craig Good­win, Jack­son Irvine, Mile Je­d­i­nak, James Jeggo, Mas­simo Luongo, Mark Mil­li­gan, Aaron Mooy, Tommy Rogic.

For­wards - Nathan Burns, Craig Good­win, Tomi Juric, Rob­bie Kruse, Mathew Leckie, Jamie Maclaren. —Reuters

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