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Kieran Jones compiles's concise Australians Abroad round-up for this week, from the UK and Europe to Asia and the Americas Indonesia   By KIERAN JONES

With many of the Asian leagues finishing in the last few weeks, most of Australia's overseas representatives now lie in Europe.

In the English Premier League, Chris Herd and Brett Holman both started for Aston Villa in their scoreless draw against Stoke.

It was only the third time this season Herd has been in the starting team, and Villa coach Paul Lambert was full of praise for the injury-prone defender after the match.

"Nathan [Baker] and Ciaran [Clark] have been excellent. Chris has not played in a long time due to his injury but this week I thought he was excellent," Lambert said after the game.

"They coped brilliantly with their strength.

"I see the quality every day in training. I trust them. Some of the football has been very, very good."

Elsewhere in Europe, Mustafa Amini was a surprise call-up to the Borussia Dortmiund squad to take on Manchester City in the 1-0 win int eh Champions Legaue on Tuesday.

While Amini was left on the bench for the clash, it would have been an invaluable experience for the young Australian and a sign he is progressing nicely in Europe.

James Holland was involved in the highest-scoring match of any Australian on Saturday, playing a full match in the 6-3 victory against Wolfsberger.

While Holland had an emphatic win in Austria, four Australians were involved in a draw Holland.

Tommy Oar, Michael Zullo and Adam Sarota all took the field against Jason Davidson's Heracles on Friday.

The match petered out to a 1-1 draw and Davidson watched from the bench, but all three of Utrecht's Australians played in the derby.

The best of Asia's action took place in the UAE, as Alex Brosque's Al Ain had a 3-0 win over Nick Carle's Bani Yas.

Brosque scored in the 47th miinute of the match but Carle did not fare so well, leaving the field in the a minute before his countryman's strike.



James Holland (Austria Vienna) – Played 90 minutes in an entertaining 6-3 win over Wolfsberger AC on Saturday. The win puts Holland's side seven points clear on top.


Brent McGrath (Brondby) – Watched from the bench on Friday as his side drew 2-2 with Sonderjyske.


Premier League

Brett Holman (Aston Villa) – Came off in the 66th minute of the scoreless draw against Stoke City on Saturday.

Chris Herd (Aston Villa) – Was on for 90 minutes as part of Villa's back three and played well enough to earn praise from manager Paul Lambert.

Brad Jones (Liverpool) – Was on the bench for his side's 1-0 Europa League loss to Udinese on Thursday and on the sidelines again for Sunday's 3-2 win over West Ham.

Mark Schwarzer (Fulham) – Fulham face Newcastle on Monday.

Adam Federici (Reading) – Reading lost 1-0 to Southampton on Saturday and Federici played 90 minutes.


Neil Kilkenny (Bristol City) – Was on the bench for the 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

Scott McDonald (Middlesbrough) – Played 90 minutes but could not continue his scoring form in the 3-2 win over Peterborough United on Saturday.    

Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace) – Played 90 minutes and received a yellow card against Blackpool as Palace had a 2-2 draw.

Paddy Kisnorbo (Leeds) – Not in the side as Leeds lost 3-1 to Derby County on Saturday.

Shane Lowry (Millwall) – Millwall had a 3-0 loss away at Ipswich Town and Lowry played a full match.

Sebastian Usai (Blackburn) – Was not in the squad for the 4-1 loss to Cardiff City on Friday.



Robbie Kruse (Fortuna Dusseldorf) – Yellow carded for the second consecutive match and would not have been happy with the 2-0 loss to Nuremberg on Saturday. Kruse played 90 minutes.

Nikita Rukavytsya (Mainz 05) Not in the squad for the 2-0 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday.

Mitchell Langerak (Borussia Dortmund) – Watched from the bench in his side’s 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg on Saturday and was on the bench again for the 1-0 win over Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Mustafa Amini (Borussia Dortmund) – Made the squad for the Champions League win over Manchester City but was left on the bench, and missed selection for the match against Wolfsburg on Saturday.


Herd was a part of three-man defence for Aston Villa that managed to keep a clean sheet in the scoreless draw against Stoke. Villa manager Paul Lambert was quick to praise Herd after the game: "Chris has not played in a long time due to his injury but this week I thought he was excellent," Lambert said. Herd has made only three starting appearances for Villa this season, but it looks as if the Australian is ready to cement a spot at right-back.


Carle was unfortunate to be named bad player in a relatively good week for Australians abroad, but his substitution in the 46th minute of the 3-1 loss to Al Ain on Thursday was enough to get him the nod.

2. Bundesliga

Mathew Leckie (FSV Frankfurt) – Played 66 minutes in his side's 3-1 win over Sandhausen on Friday.


Apostolis (Paul) Giannou (PAOK) – Not in the squad for the 1-0 win over Levadiakos on Saturday.


Adam Sarota (Utrecht) – Played 90 minutes in midfield in the 1-1 draw with Jason Davidson's Heracles on Friday.

Tommy Oar (Utrecht) – Was substituted in the 77th minute of the draw.

Michael Zullo (Utrecht) – Came on in the 77th minute as a replacement for Oar in midfield and went close to scoring.

Jason Davidson (Heracles Almelo) – Completed the quartet of Australians in the match with Utrecht but was left on the bench for the draw.


Serie A

James Troisi (Atalanta) – Troisi's side had 2-1 in over Parma on Saturday but the Australian was not in the squad.

Serie B

Carl Valeri (Sassuolo) – Did not play in the 2-0 win over Modena on Friday, but played 69 minutes in the 1-0 loss to Hellas Verona on Wednesday.


Caleb Patterson-Sewell (Vitoria Setubal) – Was on the bench for the 3-0 loss to Estoril on Friday.


Matt Spiranovic (Al Arabi) – Did not play in the scoreless draw with Al Rayyan on Saturday.

Mark Bresciano (Al Gharafa) – Was yellow carded in the 3-0 win over Al Sailiya on Friday. Played 90 minutes in the win.

Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal) – Played 90 minutes in a 3-1 loss to Lekhwiya on Friday and received a yellow card in the loss.

Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow) – Was not in the squad for the 2-1 win over Terek Grozny on Saturday, as he is still suffering from injury.


Ryan McGowan (Hearts) – Played 90 minutes in 2-0 win over Aberdeen on Saturday and won a penalty for his side.

Dylan McGowan (Hearts) – Was not in the side for the win on Saturday.


Eli Babalj (Red Star Belgrade) – Red Star now have a break from playing until February, but Babalj was in action for the national side during the week, scoring twice in the 9-0 win over Guam on Friday.


Alex Brosque (Al Ain) – Scored in the 47th minute of the 3-0 win over Nick Carle's Bani Yas on Thursday.

Nick Carle (Bani Yas) – Played 46 minutes in the loss to Al Ain on Thursday.

Lucas Neill (Al Wasl) – Did not play in his side's 2-2 draw with Dubai on Thursday.   

Richard Porta (Dubai) – Not in the squad for the draw with Lucas Neill's Al Wasl on Thursday through injury.

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