The curious numbers behind Socceroos playing time

Ahead of the Asian Cup, we crunch the numbers to see which players are ready to fire and who will need to shake off the cobwebs

Graham Arnold stressed game time was key behind his Socceroos squad selection for the Asian Cup on Thursday, but the numbers don't make for encouraging reading. 

The Socceroos coach pointed to a lack of game time for Tomi Juric's axing and though a fair point, the two other recognised strikers selected haven't been playing much either.

A number of Aussies have in fact struggled for regular game time this season, though Milos Degenek's extraordinary numbers have to be seen to be believed.

Slide down to see just how many minutes every Socceroo has been playing heading into the Asian Cup...

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    #1 Mitch Langerak

    Minutes: 3060

    Topping the list mainly because of Japan's seasonal difference, Langerak has reaped the rewards of his move to the J-League as he got some much needed game time. 

  2. #2 Milos Degenek

    Minutes: 2937 

    An incredibly busy few months for Degenek, who has played more than an entire A-League season already. Could slot into the starting side should Mark Milligan be pushed into midfield. 

  3. #3 Danny Vukovic

    Minutes: 2820

    Shining in Europe late in his career and not slowing down as these numbers prove.  

  4. #4 Massimo Luongo

    Minutes: 1912

    The best player at the 2015 Asian Cup is poised for another huge tournament having been playing regularly for QPR

  5. #5 Martin Boyle

    Minutes: 1903

    The Scottish flyer looks ready to really impress at the Asian Cup after a bright start to his Australian adventure. 

  6. #6 Jackson Irvine

    Minutes: 1589

    Looks like the man that could replace Mile Jedinak in midfield and hasn't been short of action in England for Hull City

  7. #7 Tom Rogic

    Minutes: 1573

    Though plagued by injury, Rogic has still wracked up some substanial minutes in Scotland

  8. #8 Mat Ryan

    Minutes: 1530

    Has started every Premier League game for Brighton and a certainty to start between the sticks.

  9. #9 Awer Mabil

    Minutes: 1498

    Turning heads in Denmark and has the minutes under his belt to impress in the UAE

  10. #10 Aaron Mooy

    Minutes: 1344

    Another busy season to date for Mooy, who is at long odds of playing at the Asian Cup due to injury.

  11. #11 Mustafa Amini

    Minutes: 1301

    Another Aussie doing well and playing regularly in Denmark

  12. #12 Rhyan Grant

    Minutes: 1108

    Has hit the ground running with Sydney FC this season. 

  13. #13 Josh Risdon

    Minutes: 990

    Has Grant pushing for his spot, but looked solid in a shaky Wanderers side this season. 

  14. #14 Matthew Jurman

    Minutes: 984

    Currently playing club football in the Middle East, Jurman's familiarity with the region is a big tick next to his name. 

  15. #15 Mark Milligan

    Minutes: 966

    The Socceroos skipper took his time finding his latest club but has looked strong since signing with Hibernian.

  16. #16 Robbie Kruse

    Minutes: 881

    Has missed the past month through injury, but had been playing consistently in Germany prior to that. 

  17. #17 Chris Ikonomidis

    Minutes: 650

    Set for his first full season of regular football, Ikonomidis has started the campaign brightly for Perth Glory. 

  18. #18 Andrew Nabbout

    Minutes: 562

    A shoulder injury sustained at the World Cup has seen his involvement in Japan restricted over the past few months. 

  19. #19 Aziz Behich

    Minutes: 550

    A move to PSV has seen Behich stuck on the bench more than he would have liked. 

  20. #20 Mathew Leckie

    Minutes: 523

    Battling injury earlier in the season, but looks back to his best with a goal in his last outing for Hertha Berlin

  21. #21 Jamie Maclaren

    Minutes: 522

    Has fallen out of favour at Hibernian and will have to hit the ground running with the Socceroos. 

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    #22 Alex Gersbach

    Minutes: 507

    Struggling for minutes in Norway and perhaps lucky to have made the squad. His history playing under Arnold no doubt helped. 

  23. #23 Trent Sainsbury

    Minutes: 502

    One of Australia's best players has found himself grounded in the Netherlands. Though playing in the Champions League, a lack of regular football is big concern for the Socceroos back four.