The Socceroos’ stocks are dwindling for Thursday’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan, with goalkeeper Mat Ryan admitting he’s in doubt and key German-based striker Mathew Leckie stuck in Europe because of sickness.
Leckie was due to arrive in Canberra on Tuesday, but the 24-year-old was given medical advice not to board his flight from Germany, where he plays for Bundesliga side FC Ingolstadt.
While he has not yet been ruled out of the fixture at GIO Stadium, he remains under medical assessment.
Even if he is given the go ahead to fly he would not arrive until Thursday, rendering a start highly unlikely if he plays at all.
Leckie’s absence would be another blow to coach Ange Postecoglou’s side, who have no safety nets left on the road to Russia and are already without defensive backbone Matthew Spiranovic, excluded on Monday with a calf complaint.
Australia cannot afford to leak any points to Kyrgyzstan this week or Bangladesh next Tuesday if they are to have a chance of leapfrogging their qualifying group leaders Jordan, who sit four points ahead with one more match played.
Midfielder Tom Rogic is the only other Socceroos member still to touch down in Canberra, with the rest of the squad training together on Tuesday afternoon.
First-choice custodian Ryan completed his first full session with the national team, participating in all drills alongside fellow glovemen Adam Federici and Alex Cisak.
It strengthened his case for a return to boost the Socceroos as they look to bounce back from last month’s shock 2-0 loss to Jordan.
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