Midfielder Aaron Mooy out of Australia squad for Asian Cup

December 24, 2018
FILE - In this June 21, 2018, file photo, Australia's Aaron Mooy, right, vies for the ball against Denmark's Lasse Schone during the group C match between Denmark and Australia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia. Australia coach Graham Arnold has named injured midfielder Aaron Mooy in his 23-man squad for the Asian Cup, hoping the midfielder can be fit for next month's tournament in the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy has been officially ruled out of the Asian Cup due to a right knee injury sustained in Huddersfield’s English Premier League defeat to Arsenal this month.

An independent assessment involving a Socceroos physiotherapist determined Mooy would not be fit until after the quarterfinals, and coach Graham Arnold decided to go with a player who would be ready from the outset of the tournament.

Austria-based midfielder James Jeggo, who debuted for the Socceroos in last month’s friendly against Lebanon in Sydney, will replace Mooy, Arnold said on Tuesday.

Australia’s defense of the Asian Cup title it won in 2015 starts on Jan. 6 against Jordan in Al Ain.


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