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Carney dropped by Australia

Australia coach Holger Osieck has left out David Carney from his 22-man squad to face Iraq later this month, while Sasa Ognenovski misses out through injury.

Osieck has made four changes to the squad which travelled to Jordan on September 11, when the Socceroos lost 2-1 to leave them winless in Group B in the fourth round of AFC World Cup qualifying.

Carney, without a club following his release from Bunyodkor of Uzbekistan, has been dropped, while the trio of Ognenovski, Heracles’ Jason Davidson and Reading goalkeeper Adam Federici are all injured.

Melbourne Victory’s Mark Milligan has been recalled and is likely to start in the centre of defence, while Matt McKay of Busan IPark is likely to shift to left-back.

Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Jones, a late call-up for the Jordan game, and Tommy Oar of Utrecht have also been included for the clash against Iraq in Doha on October 16.

The encounter shapes as a must-win for the Socceroos, who are on two points and behind Japan (10 points), Jordan (four) and Iraq (two) in the group.

Australia: Mark Bresciano, Alex Brosque, Tim Cahill, James Holland, Brett Holman, Mile Jedinak, Brad Jones (gk), Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak (gk), Ryan McGowan, Matthew McKay, Mark Milligan, Lucas Neill, Jade North, Tommy Oar, Nikita Rukavytsya, Adam Sarota, Mark Schwarzer (gk), Matthew Spiranovic, Archie Thompson, Carl Valeri, Luke Wilkshire.

Wed 3 October, 2012
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