Jamie Maclaren gets shock Socceroos recall after striker blow

A surprise lifeline has come his way

Jamie Maclaren's World Cup dream could yet be alive with the Australian striker linking up with the Socceroos squad in Turkey due to an injury to Tomi Juric.

Football Federation Australia have revealed that Juric, who missed the last five games for Swiss club Luzern, is struggling with a knee injury and Maclaren brought in as backup. 

Maclaren ended his club season with Hibernian on a high, scoring a hat-trick in the final game of the season against Rangers, and was a surprise cut from van Marwijk's revised 26-man squad.

The 24-year-old has had his opportunities fairly limited on the national stage to date with just five senior caps to his name but van Marwijk is eager to see what he could bring to his side with Juric's role in Russia now in doubt.

“Tomi Juric has had a knee issue over the last three weeks which is being monitored by our medical team,” Van Marwijk said.

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“We hope that Tomi will be able to train and play this week, but his recovery might also take longer.

"That is why we have decided to bring in Jamie Maclaren now so that he also has a fair chance to display his qualities before the final 23 player squad must be announced."

Maclaren will now have a few days to impress in camp before a friendly against Czech Republic on June 1 with a final 23-man squad then to be named on June 4.

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