Socceroos hit by late changes ahead of Denmark friendly

Ronny Lerner
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Australia could be missing as many as three of their first-choice players for their friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen on Saturday.

Josh Kennedy and Carl Valeri will definitely sit out the clash due to club commitments while Aston Villa's Brett Holman is a doubt with his wife expecting to give birth to their second child.

Kennedy will play for Japanese outfit Nagoya Grampus in their round-of-16 AFC Champions League clash with Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium on Tuesday, while Valeri will line up for US Sassuolo Calcio in their crucial Serie B promotion play-off matches against Sampdoria on Wednesday and Saturday.

However, Kennedy and Valeri will both rejoin the Socceroos squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Oman in Muscat on June 8 and Japan in Brisbane four days later.

But it is unclear whether Holman will be available for the match with the Omanis.

Meanwhile, reserve goalkeeper Adam Federici has pulled out of the squad for the matches with Denmark, Oman and Japan due to injury and has been replaced by Borussia Dortmund shot-stopper Mitchell Langerak.

Holman's Villa teammate Chris Herd has also been ruled out due to injury and does not have a replacement.

Australia squad for games against Denmark, Oman and Japan.





Mitchell Langerak

Borussia Dortmund

Mark Schwarzer


Nathan Coe




David Carney


Mark Milligan

JEF United Chiba

Lucas Neill

Al Jazira

Jade North

Consadole Sapporo

Sasa Ognenovski

Seongnam Ilhwa Chuma

Nikita Rukavytsya


Matthew Spiranovic

Urawa Red Diamonds

Rhys Williams


Michael Zullo




Luke Wilkshire

Dynamo Moscow

Carl Valeri


Alex Brosque

Shimizu S-Pulse

Mile Jedinak

Crystal Palace

Neil Kilkenny

Bristol City

Matt Mckay

Brusan IPark



Brett Holman

Aston Villa

Joshua Kennedy

Nagoya Grampus

Harry Kewell

Melbourne Victory

Robbie Kruse

Fortuna Dusseldorf

Archie Thompson

Melbourne Victory

Nathan Coe