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Injury opens up door for long-lost Socceroo

3:46 pm AEST 26/5/19
Mitch Duke Socceroos
A well-deserved second chance in the national team for the Aussie

Western Sydney Wanderers attacker Mitch Duke has been called up to Australia's national team squad for an upcoming friendly against the Korea Republic. 

Duke replaces Perth Glory attacker Chris Ikonomidis in the Socceroos side with recent scans revealing he needs surgery on a shoulder injury.

While a blow for Ikonomidis, Duke now has a golden chance to play for the green and gold again after a six-year absence.

The 28-year-old last played for Australia in 2013 against Brazil with coach Graham Arnold confident that break between appearances won't hold him back after his recent club form.

"Mitch has shown us what he is capable of since returning from Japan in January," Arnold said.

"He made a big impact at Western Sydney Wanderers, scoring four times in 10 appearances.

"He is no stranger to the national team set up and I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do during this camp."

Joining Duke in Australia's friendly set-up is former Melbourne City assistant coach Tony Vidmar.

Arnold jumping at the chance to add the ex-Socceroo to his coaching staff after Vidmar's recent departure from City.

“We are fortunate to have someone of Tony’s experience join us in South Korea," Arnold said.

"As soon as I heard he was available, I called him and he jumped at the opportunity." 

The Socceroos will take on the Korea Republic in a friendly on June 7 in Busan - Australia's first match since January 26 when they lost to the UAE at the Asian Cup