Official: McKay to miss round 1, possibly round 2

Via FFA: National boss Holger Osiek has today selected his national squad for the upcoming friendlies against France in Paris and Canada in London. Below is the 24 man preliminary squad:

Goalkeepers: Mitch Langerak (Borussia Dortmund, Mat Ryan (Club Brugge).
Defenders: David Carney (New York Red Bulls), Jason Davidson (Heracles), Lucas Neill (Omiya Ardijia), Sasa Ognenovski (Umm Salal), Luke Wilkshire (Dinamo Moscow), Rhys Williams (Middlesbrough).
Midfielders: Oliver Bozanic (Luzern), Mark Bresciano (Al-Gharafa) , James Holland (Austria Vien), Brett Holman (Al Nasr), Jackson Irvine (Celtic), Mile Jedinak (Crystal Palace), Matt McKay (Brisbane Roar), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Dario Vidosic (Sion).
Forwards: Tim Cahill (New York Red Bulls), Josh Kennedy (Nagoya Grampus), Robbie Kruse (Bayer Leverkusen), Matthew Leckie (Frankfurt), Tommy Oar (Utrecht), Nikita Rukavystya (Frankfurt).

As has become customary there’s a strong Brisbane presence in the squad, with Matt McKay representing the club in the games. In addition to McKay, there’s a host of former Roar stars in the squad including Ognenovski, Vidosic, Kruse and Oar. Jade North and Ivan Franjic have been overlooked.

The squad features most of the names we’ve become accustomed to, however veteran #1 Mark Schwarzer has been left out of the squad- probably because he’s not playing regularly. There’s also a few uncapped an unfamiliar names in the squad with former Mariner Oliver Bozanic, Celtic and Australian u/20 midfielder Jackson Irvine and David Carney –back in action with New York Red Bulls after an 18 month sabbatical- all get their chance to impress.

From a Brisbane perspective, this means that the clubs Australian marquee player will definitely miss the opening round game against Wellington, and possibly the round 2 home opener against Sydney. Australia play Canada on October 16 in London, which makes the October 19 game against Sydney a long shot- something which Roar vice-chairman Chris Fong was furious at a couple of weeks ago.

Congratulations to Matty and all of the former players, hopefully they put on a far better showing than the recent thrashing in Brasilia.


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