Socceroos coach Bert van Marwijk has denied captain Mile Jedinak's absence from the pre-game press conference means he won't selected for nation's first World Cup game against France.
A few hours before the press conference, winger Mathew Leckie was called up as a replacement for Jedinak, with FIFA rules saying the media event on the eve of the match must feature a player from the starting XI.
But Van Marwijk said during the press conference the decision to remove Jedinak had no bearing on his team selection in Russia, explaining he was just keen to give Leckie some experience with the media.
Jedinak was only used for 45 minutes during the recent friendlies against Czech Republic and Hungary, with speculation already rife he may be left out of the starting line for Saturday's match versus Les Bleus in Kazan.
English-based duo Aaron Mooy and Massimo Luongo have been preferred in the two deeper lying midfield roles, with a central attacker playing ahead of them in the slot.
There had been suggestion Jedinak may be deployed in defence during the World Cup, with the 33-year-old having played in that position on numerous occasions for club side Aston Villa.
But the fact Van Marwijk didn't use Jedinak as a centre-half during the warm-up matches should mean he will only be considered for a midfield role.