Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Socceroos, Australia vs Syria World Cup qualifier 2017

Mile Jedinak’s continued absence through injury suggests the Melbourne Victory man might be best utilised as an outright defensive midfield replacement. But given his lack of game time over the A-League off-season, Milligan may play one leg in midfield and the other in a less taxing back three.

Which order that occurs is unclear, though Bailey Wright’s suspension on Thursday night intimates the 32-year-old could start as a stopper alongside another two from Trent Sainsbury, Milos Degenek and Matt Jurman. He could then slot into the middle of the park for Tuesday’s second leg at ANZ Stadium. Postecoglou was not forthcoming on his plans. “It’s a difficult one because Millsy hasn’t played for a long time with the A-League being in hiatus.

“It’s certainly less of a physical toll playing in our back three, they’re things that will come into consideration. “But he’s in good physical nick.” Milligan will wear the armband in Thursday night’s opening World Cup play-off leg if Tim Cahill does not start. And he could have his hands full with goal machines Firas Al-Khatib and Omar Al Somah. but Australia will benefit from the withdrawal of Syrian defender Ahmad Al Salih with a hamstring injury.

WHERE: Hang Jebat Stadium, Krubong, Malaysia

WHEN: Thursday October 5, 2017

TIME: 11:30pm AEDT (8:30pm local)


Angie Posbusoglu keeps quiet where Mark Milligan will play against Syria, but he hinted that the main tool of football might be posted again in defense of at least one of the World Cup legs off off.