Aus­tralia leaves Cahill at home for Thai­land qual­i­fier

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RECORD scorer Tim Cahill has been left out of Aus­tralia’s squad for their World Cup qual­i­fier against Thai­land as he re­cov­ers from “sore­ness”, the team said yes­ter­day.

The 36-year-old vet­eran, who now plays for Mel­bourne City af­ter 18 years abroad, also missed last week­end’s ALeague win over Ade­laide United.

Aus­tralia coach Ange Postecoglou said Cahill, who has scored a record 48 goals for his coun­try, was be­ing rested rather than dropped for the game on Novem­ber 15.

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

“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,” he added.

Cheer­ing will be banned at the qual­i­fier in Bangkok and fans must wear “som­bre colours” as Thai­land mourns its late king, who died last month.

As the fi­nal round of qual­i­fy­ing for Rus­sia 2018 hits the half­way stage, Aus­tralia lie sec­ond in their group, two points be­hind Saudi Ara­bia, with Ja­pan third.

“With the group so tight it is im­por­tant that we put in a good per­for­mance to en­sure we can con­tinue to be amongst the front run­ners,” Postecoglou said.

Postecoglou brought in Ja­pan­based striker Nathan Burns, Perth Glory full­back Josh Ris­don, Mi­los De­genek, who plays for Ger­man side 1860 Mu­nich, and Bris­bane Roar for­ward Jamie Ma­claren.

They re­place Cahill, Apo Gian­nou, Chris Ikono­midis and Ryan McGowan, who were all in­cluded for last month’s games against Saudi Ara­bia and Ja­pan. –

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