The Chronicle

Covid blow for Roos’ Degenek


THE Socceroos have suffered another Covid-19 interrupti­on in their preparatio­n for Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Doha after defender Milos Degenek returned a positive test for the virus.

Degenek, who plays for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, is asymptomat­ic but returned a positive test in his pre-departure screening.

He has been ruled out of the upcoming FIFA internatio­nal window, which for the Socceroos includes two World Cup qualifiers against Oman on Friday and Japan next Tuesday. Degenek is the second Socceroos defender in the space of a week to fall victim to Covid after Seattle Sounders left back Brad Smith was excluded from the squad last week after testing positive.

Coach Graham Arnold has called up Sunderland defender Bailey Wright to join his 25man squad. Fifteen of the squad for the Socceroos’ third and fourth World Cup qualifiers have now arrived in Doha, with the remaining 10 squad members set to arrive on Tuesday. The arrivals include Denis Genreau, the former Macarthur FC midfielder who joined French side Toulouse after representi­ng the Olyroos at the Tokyo Olympics.

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