McKay added to Socceroos squadPosted: March 21, 2016
Brisbane captain Matt McKay is a late addition to Ange Postecoglou’s Socceroos squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Tajikistan and Jordan this week.
After being left out of the initial squad for these games, McKay replaces young midfielder Terry Antonis in the squad after he was ruled out with a groin injury.
With two games to play, Australia sit top of Group B, two points clear of Jordan and need to finish top of the group to guarantee a spot in the final round of World Cup Qualifying with only the four best second placed sides progressing.
Australia play against Tajikistan on Thursday night in Adelaide before rounding out the fixtures with a clash against Jordan on Tuesday in Sydney, meaning that McKay will miss this Saturday’s home game against Sydney FC but will be back in time for the final home game of the regular season against Newcastle.
The loss of McKay gives John Aloisi an interesting selection headache this week, with Steven Lustica the logical and most likely replacement for the captain, with Javier Hervas coming back onto the substitute bench.
There is however the possibility of using this opportunity to throw Tommy Oar into the starting side following his cameo against City on Friday night, with the possibility of moving Thomas Broich into a more central role.
That would be a bold and attacking move on Aloisi’s part, and would perhaps throw up questions about Lustica’s future with Brisbane given he’s been seen as the logical successor in midfield and has yet to sign a new contract.
Id lean towards Lustica for this game, he’s done a solid job in midfield and suits that left sided role well. It will be interesting to see which way Aloisi opts to go.