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Milligan hopeful of keeping Socceroos spot

  • Milligan hopeful of keeping Socceroos spot

Mark Milligan's position in the Socceroos team is under threat with the impending return of captain Mile Jedinak from injury.

But the 42-cap midfielder is hopeful he has done enough to maintain a place in the starting side as Australia looks towards next month's crucial World Cup qualifier against Jordan.

Jedinak (hamstring) sat out the Socceroos' back-to-back wins over Bangladesh and Tajikistan, but they didn't miss a beat with Milligan playing as the holding midfielder in both matches.

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Yet Milligan is likely to lose his spot provided the Crystal Palace star is fit and ready for the October 8 clash in Irbid, and it's hard to see him pushing past the likes of young guns Aaron Mooy, Massimo Luongo and Tom Rogic for one of the other midfield spots.

"It's very difficult to say what Ange is thinking," Milligan said.

"We had a lot of changes coming into this camp and everyone stood up and did extremely well.

"For me, it's not too much of a big deal. I just need to keep working hard when I'm away so when I come in, if I'm fortunate enough to continue coming into camp, that I'm in a good enough condition to be in that starting line-up."

Milligan believes his recent switch to Emirati club Baniyas will aid his chances of staying heavily involved in any Socceroos games in the Middle East.

While the rest of the squad went their seperate ways upon arrival at Dubai from Dushanbe following the 3-0 victory over Tajikistan on Tuesday, Milligan's family was waiting at the airport for him.

"Obviously we do have a lot of games over here and I've done a lot of miles in the last few years. Hopefully it will help with my body a little bit," he said.

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