The Socceroos will go into the must-win AFC 2014 World Cup qualifier with Iraq without a recognised left-back, with Tommy Oar and Mark Milligan the notable inclusions
|By DEJAN KALINIC
Australia coach Holger Osieck has left out David Carney from his 22-man squad to face Iraq on October 16, while Sasa Ognenovski misses out through injury.
Osieck has made four changes to the squad which travelled to Jordan on September 11, when the Socceroos lost 2-1 to leave them winless in Group B in the fourth round of World Cup qualifying.
The club-less Carney and the injured Ognenovski and Davidson have been left out, while out-of-favour Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici has missed out.
Mark Milligan has been recalled and is likely to start in the centre of defence, while Matt McKay is likely to shift to left-back.
"Carney is still looking for a club, yes," Osieck said.
"[Fellow left-back] Jason Davidson was injured as well and he missed out on the last three weeks so therefore I omitted him from the squad."
Brad Jones, Carl Valeri and Tommy Oar have also been included for the clash against Iraq in Doha.
The encounter shapes as a must-win for the Socceroos, who are on two points and behind Japan [10 points], Jordan [four] and Iraq [two] in the group.
FULL SQUAD: Mark BRESCIANO, Alex BROSQUE, Tim CAHILL, James HOLLAND, Brett HOLMAN, Mile JEDINAK, Brad JONES (gk), Robbie KRUSE, Mitchell LANGERAK (gk), Ryan McGOWAN, Matthew McKAY, Mark MILLIGAN, Lucas NEILL, Jade NORTH, Tommy OAR, Nikita RUKAVYTSYA, Adam SAROTA, Mark SCHWARZER (gk), Matthew SPIRANOVIC, Archie THOMPSON, Carl VALERI, Luke WILKSHIRE