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Bailey out, Risdon in for Socceroos

  • Bailey out, Risdon in for Socceroos

    PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: Enver Alivodic of the Jets challenges Josh Risdon of the Glory during the round 22 A-League match between the Perth Glory and the Newcastle Jets at nib Stadium on March 7, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

A toe injury has forced defender Bailey Wright out of the Socceroos squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.

Coach Ange Postecoglou ruled England-based Wright out on Sunday, calling in Perth Glory's Josh Risdon to replace him.

"Bailey has a minor injury that he has been nursing and although he played for Preston overnight we thought it better for him to stay in the UK," Postecoglou said.

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"We have two tough matches in quick succession and will need everyone ready to go."

Risdon was to join his Socceroos teammates who began assembling in camp in Perth on Sunday ahead of the match against Iraq at NIB Stadium on Thursday and the clash with the UAE in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday week.

"Josh Risdon has come into the group recently and equipped himself well and I have no doubt that he will do a job if required over the next two matches," said Postecoglou.

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