Exciting Socceroos’ prospect Tom Rogic is in danger of missing the 2014 FIFA World Cup after appearing to have strained his groin in Australia’s 2-0 warm-up victory over Brazilian club side Parana Clube in Vitoria on Monday.
Subbed off at half time and replaced by fellow Melbourne Victory playmaker James Troisi, Rogic is in danger of missing Coach Ange Postcoglou’s final 23-man squad to be determined on Wednesday and will be praying for a miracle with several fringe players more than raising their hands for selection in the friendly hit-out.
Assistant Coach Aurelio Vidmar holds the talented 21-year-old in understandably high regard, and told ABC Grandstand the coaching panel had decided not to risk major injury for the sake of a light hit-out and will leave final selections for the Soccer World Cup to the eleventh hour, if need be.
“He aggravated his back right at the end of training last night – we decided not to risk it,” Vidmar said.
“He’s certainly for me a very special player; he’s young, he’s got a lot to learn but he’s one of those types of players who in a second can turn a game for you.
“The more game time he has, the better he will become.”
A standout for A-League franchise Central Coast Mariners in his maiden professional season in 2012/13 Rogic attracted interest from several European clubs including Premier League outfits Reading and Fulham, but decided on a stint with Scottish giants Celtic.
Securing just eleven caps for the hoops, Rogic signed a loan deal to return to the A-League at the beginning of 2014 to ensure sufficient match fitness for Australia’s 2014 Soccer World Cup campaign.
Drawn alongside current World champions Spain, as well as 2010 finalists the Netherlands and in-form South American side Chile in Group B, Australia is currently given little hope of progressing to the knock-out stage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup; offered at generous $11 odds.
Surprisingly featured as the lowest nation confirmed for the 2014 Soccer World Cup finals on FIFA’s most recent rankings list, Australia is given virtually no chance of lifting the World Cup on July 13th, and can be taken at $501 odds at Ladbrokes.com.au.