Australia’s World Cup hopes are set to take one other hit with Celtic midfielder Tom Rogic anticipated to be dominated out of key qualifiers with an ankle damage.

Stories in Scotland counsel the damage, which Rogic sustained within the first half of Celtic’s 4-Zero win over Ross County on the weekend, will forestall him from linking up with the Socceroos.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglu had initially hinted that Rogic could be cleared to play for his nation however the 29-year-old now appears poised to stay in Glasgow within the lead-up to the Previous Agency derby on April 3.

Australia play the primary of two qualifiers towards Japan in Sydney on Thursday earlier than a conflict with Group B leaders Saudi Arabia in Jeddah on March 30.

The Socceroos are third of their qualifying group and have gained simply considered one of their previous 5 qualifiers.

Victories in each fixtures ought to assure a direct passage to the World Cup in Qatar however the absence of Rogic represents an extra blow to Australia’s hopes of avoiding the play-off route.

Coach Graham Arnold, who has accepted a $25,000 high-quality by Soccer Australia for breaching NSW self-isolation protocols, is already with out the providers Aaron Mooy, Riley McGree, Adam Taggart, Jackson Irvine and Harry Souttar.

Tom Rogic reacts after missing a goal opportunity

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Regardless of the breach, Arnold — who examined constructive for COVID-19 for the second time in two months — might nonetheless be on the touchline for the important thing conflict with Japan at Stadium Australia supplied he returns a unfavourable outcome on the completion of his self-isolation interval.

In the meantime, Socceroos striker Jamie Maclaren says he had no possibility however to make the powerful name to overlook the second match towards Saudi Arabia due to his wedding ceremony.

Maclaren might be out there for Thursday’s must-win recreation towards Japan in Sydney however is not going to journey to Jeddah for subsequent week’s conflict with the Inexperienced Falcons — a match which might nicely decide if the Socceroos qualify straight for this 12 months’s match in Qatar or face a treacherous play-off path to the finals.

The complicating issue is his looming wedding ceremony to companion Iva Arapovic, an occasion the pair have repeatedly needed to postpone in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’ve had a bit on my thoughts since 2020 after I was making an attempt to marry my companion. Loads has occurred,” Maclaren informed Sky Sports activities Radio’s Huge Sports activities Breakfast.

“Clearly setbacks have occurred. Everybody’s been by this entire COVID interval for the final two years and the unpredictability of it’s troublesome.

“This date was chosen nicely over a 12 months in the past and the cellphone name to the boss (Socceroos coach Graham Arnold) was a tough one however on the identical time I’ve obtained no alternative.

“I can’t change the date and the venue maintain the cash and on the identical time my companion has sacrificed rather a lot as nicely.

“It’s a troublesome place to be in however I’m right here centered, prepared for the Japan recreation.”

Australia sit third in Group B within the third stage of Asian qualifying, three factors behind second-placed Japan with simply the 2 matches to play.

Solely the highest two groups qualify routinely for Qatar, with the third-placed nation to face the third-place finisher in Group A — presently the United Arab Emirates — in a playoff in June.

The winner of that match will then face the fifth-placed finisher from South American qualifying for a spot on the finals.

“The boys which might be coming in are high gamers as nicely,” Maclaren mentioned.

“They’re there for a purpose.

“Thursday night time can’t come round fast sufficient.

“We’ve obtained an incredible squad and quite a lot of guys who can change the sport within the warmth of the second.

“Actually trying ahead to Thursday, it’s going to be a cracker.”



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