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Adam Federici has pulled out of the squad for the matches with Denmark, Oman and Japan due to injury and has been replaced by Borussia Dortmund shot-stopper Mitchell Langerak.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

Name

Club


Goalkeepers

 


Mitchell Langerak

Borussia Dortmund


Mark Schwarzer

Fulham


Nathan Coe

Sonderjyske


Defenders

 


David Carney

Bunyodkor


Mark Milligan

JEF United Chiba


Lucas Neill

Al Jazira


Jade North

Consadole Sapporo


Sasa Ognenovski

Seongnam Ilhwa Chuma


Nikita Rukavytsya

Hertha


Matthew Spiranovic

Urawa Red Diamonds


Rhys Williams

Middlesbrough


Michael Zullo

Utrecht


Midfielders

 


Luke Wilkshire

Dynamo Moscow


Carl Valeri

Sassuolo


Alex Brosque

Shimizu S-Pulse


Mile Jedinak

Crystal Palace


Neil Kilkenny

Bristol City


Matt Mckay

Brusan IPark


Strikers

 


Brett Holman

Aston Villa


Joshua Kennedy

Nagoya Grampus


Harry Kewell

Melbourne Victory


Robbie Kruse

Fortuna Dusseldorf


Archie Thompson

Melbourne Victory






Nathan Coe