Apo Giannou of Australia during the World Cup qualifier against Japan at Etihad Stadium.
Apo Giannou of Australia during the World Cup qualifier against Japan at Etihad Stadium. STEFAN POSTLES

Giannou called into Socceroos squad for injured Juric

FOOTBALL: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is backing Apo Giannou to be a more than adequate replacement for Tomi Juric after the striker was ruled out of next week's World Cup qualifier in Thailand.

The Socceroos had already been hit by the withdrawals of midfielder Massimo Luongo and goalkeeper Mitch Langerak, who both picked up foot injuries on the weekend playing in Europe.

Juric limped off the field eight minutes into his match for Swiss outfit FC Luzern on Sunday with suspected knee ligament damage.

It was confirmed he would miss the game in Bangkok after scans confirmed the extent of the injury.

"We have had confirmation from the medical staff at Luzern that Tomi has suffered a knee injury that will rule him out of the match against Thailand,” Postecoglou said.

"Apo Giannou was on standby and he is on his way to Thailand to join the squad.

"Over the last 18 months we have worked hard to ensure we have depth and we have full faith in Apo to join the squad and get the job done.”


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