Socceroos Central: Jones & Arzani injured, Mabil assist

by Mark van Aken on Nov 05, 2018

0 comments | | print

Socceroos Daniel Arzani and Brad Jones both suffered significant injuries, while Awer Mabil provided an assist and Jamie Maclaren returned to the Hibernian starting line-up.

In Denmark’s Superliga on Sunday, Awer Mabil provided the assist for Midtjylland’s second goal in a 2-2 draw with Esbjerg.

Mabil found space on the right side of the box, before a low ball across goal reached Paul Onuachu who tapped home from point-blank range.

Mabil was replaced after 79 minutes before Esbjerg’s late equaliser, which Aussie forward Brent McGrath initiated, releasing Jeppe Brinch-Vilhelmsen to cross for Adrian Petre to score in the 95th minute.

McGrath was an 80th minute sub for Esbjerg.

In Switzerland’s Super League on Sunday, Tomi Juric put in a full shift and also claimed an assist as Luzern went down 5-2 at home to FC Zurich.

Juric collected the ball in his own half and raced forward, laying off for Blessing Eleke who still had plenty to do, before slotting a low shot home off the post.

In Germany’s 3.Liga on Sunday, Kwame Yeboah was hauled off after half an hour as Fortuna Koln lost 7-0 at home to Wehen Wiesbaden.

On Saturday, Mat Ryan played the full game as Brighton lost 3-1 at Everton in the English Premier League, earning a 6/10 rating from The Argus.

The Argus wrote: “A curious afternoon. No great saves to make but was beaten by three goals plus a Gana Gueye shot which came back off the post.”

In the Scottish Premiership, Tom Rogic played a rare full game as Celtic crushed leaders Hearts 5-0, who had Ben Garuccio play and impress.

Rogic earned a 7/10 rating from the Read Celtic blog, who wrote: “Good when in possession but will be disappointed not to have scored.”

Oliver Bozanic was an unused sub for Hearts, while Garuccio came off the bench at half-time and hit the post late.

The Edinburgh Evening News rated Garuccio’s performance as 7/10, writing: “A bright spark for Hearts. Was keen to drive forward whenever in possession and saw shot hit post.”

There was bad news for Celtic, with Daniel Arzani injuring his knee in midweek, with boss Brendan Rodgers confirming on Friday that it is an ACL injury likely to rule him out for the Asian Cup and the remainder of the season.

Jamie Maclaren returned to the Hibernian starting XI for the first time since a back injury but couldn’t score in a 1-0 home loss to St Johnstone on Saturday.

Maclaren came close twice late with a volley and header before St Johnstone’s late winner.

Maclaren and Mark Milligan both played full games for Hibs.

In the Saudi Pro League on Friday, Brad Jones was substituted in the 85th minute after a scary head injury in Al Nassr’s 2-0 loss to Al Ahli.

Jones collided with a teammate’s knee, leaving him floored for several minutes, before being taken straight to hospital. He is now in a stable condition but expected to miss six weeks.

Full games

Massimo Luongo, Jackson Irvine, Ryan Williams, Ryan McGowan, Cam Burgess, Ryan Edwards, Denis Genreau, Danny Vukovic, Aleksandar Susnjar, James Holland, Jimmy Jeggo, Fran Karacic, Mustafa Amini, Connor Chapman, Dylan McGowan, Mitch Langerak, Jason Geria, Aleksandar Jovanovic, Jack Duncan, Rhys Williams
Mathew Leckie – SB 67, Robbie Kruse – SB 83, Ajdin Hrustic – SB 87, Golgol Mebrahtu – SB 65, Tim Cahill – SB 66, Jesse Curran – ST 73, Bradden Inman – ST 70, Apostolos Giannou – ST 71, Andrew Nabbout – SB 75, Kwabena Appiah – SB 81
Unused subs
Mile Jedinak, Adam Federici, James Meredith, Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich, Dean Bouzanis
Notable absentees
Alex Gersbach, Brad Smith, Bailey Wright