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Australia lose Vidosic to injury

Adelaide United playmaker Dario Vidosic has been ruled out of the Socceroos’ squad after suffering a knee injury last Friday night.

Vidosic was named in Australian coach Holger Osieck’s 25-man provisional squad for the upcoming East Asian Cup qualifiers, starting on December 3.

Having last played for the Socceroos in a 0-0 draw with Serbia at Etihad Stadium last year, Vidosic appeared on the outer with Osieck before being re-called to a primarily A-League-based squad for the qualifying matches.

But scans on Monday have revealed that Vidosic suffered a small ligament tear during last Friday’s 2-1 win over Sydney FC – a game where he scored a late winning goal – after being on the wrong end of a robust challenge from Ali Abbas.

“Had my scan, only a small tear, so some good news,” said Vidosic through his Twitter account.

“Sad to miss out for @Socceroos, but wish them all the very best!”

In the meantime, another former Adelaide player has vowed to put his best foot forward when attending the Socceroos’ camp over the next three days ahead of flying to Hong Kong for the East Asian qualification matches.

Now at Perth Glory, Scott Jamieson has conceded he only has himself to blame for a three-year international exile, conceding his arrogant attitude put him offside with those who mattered.

“I was young and looking back I did have a chip on my shoulder,” Jamieson said.

“I’d argue with people about this and that. I was looking to blame other people.

“As a person you grow out of it and that’s what happened with me.

“I’ve been to the bottom and am trying to make my way back.”

Jamieson had run-ins on and off the field early in his career but is now channelling all his energy into football.

The 24-year-old believes the move to Perth has had a calming influence on his once fiery nature.

“I am in a really good place at the moment. Hopefully I can keep improving as a person and a player,” he said.

“It’s been really good (the move to Perth). I am really happy on and off the field and have grown up I guess and I think that’s translated into my football.

“It’s been a good learning curve and hopefully I can kick on.

“You look at the results I’m producing on the field now and it (his previous attitude) probably wasn’t good enough.

“I am honest enough to say that and I’ve learnt from that.

“I’ve lost the chip from my shoulder.”

Osieck, though, will name the final squad that will travel to the tournament on Thursday 29 November ahead of competition beginning the following day.

Mon 26 November, 2012
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