Talented midfielder Mark Milligan has been ruled out of Australia’s 2014 World Cup clash with The Netherlands tomorrow morning after suffering an injury in training yesterday.
Milligan was one of the key players in Australia’s credible 3-1 loss to Chile last Saturday and has formed a key partnership with Mile Jedinak in the centre of midfield, but Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou ruled yesterday that the 28-year-old would miss the clash with The Netherlands at Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre.
”Unfortunately Millsy pulled up sore yesterday and will miss tomorrow night,” Postecoglou said..
“He’s got a bit or a strain in his hamstring but he should be right for the third game.”
Postecoglou has not named a replacement for Milligan, but Austria Vienna midfielder James Holland represents the most likely option, while the consistent Matt McKay and the inexperienced Oliver Bozanic are also a chance of coming into the side.
It was suggested that Marco Bresciano could drop back into the midfield, with Dario Vidosic playing in the number ten role behind lone striker Tim Cahill, but Postecoglou confirmed that Bresciano would remain in the same position that he played against Chile last weekend.
“No we were looking at some different things anyway so we’ll freshen it up for tomorrow and there’ll be a couple of changes anyway,” Postecoglou said.
“Bresc will stay as No.10, but there’s two or three options in the midfield area that we’ve looked at today and I’ll make a final decision tomorrow, so it doesn’t really disrupt us too much.”
Australia will need to record at least a draw to remain any chance of qualifying for the second round of the 2014 World Cup, but Postecoglou said that he will not be sending his side out to merely chase a draw against the in-form Dutch side who destroyed reigning World Champions Spain in their opening game of the 2014 World Cup.
“We’ve said right from the start that’s not why we came to the World Cup,” Postecoglou said.
“We know we’re going to have to be very strong because the Dutch are very dangerous going forward, but if we try just to defend for 90 minutes there’s only going to be one result and it won’t be in our favour.
“It’s just as important that we’re dangerous when we have the ball and we showed the other night that we can be.”
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