Socceroos Central: Nabbout among returning Aussies

by Ben Somerford on Oct 01, 2018

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It was a weekend for Socceroos to return from injury with Jimmy Jeggo, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie and Andrew Nabbout among those on the comeback trail.

On Friday night in the German Bundesliga, Mathew Leckie returned for the first time since injuring his knee in pre-season two months ago for Hertha BSC.

Leckie was a 71st minute substitute in Hertha's shock 2-0 win over leaders Bayern Munich.

In Austria’s Bundesliga on Sunday, Jimmy Jeggo made his starting league debut for Austria Vienna having recently overcome an ankle injury.

Jeggo put in a full shift in a 1-0 win at Hartberg, having been sidelined since sustaining the injury in pre-season training.

In Switzerland’s Super League on Sunday, Tomi Juric played his second game back from injury as a 73rd minute substitute in Luzern’s 3-1 home loss to Sion.

Juric also suffered his latest injury, a hamstring problem, in pre-season having battled a knee complaint late last season and in the lead-up to the World Cup.

In Japan’s J.League on Sunday, Andrew Nabbout was back on the bench after his shoulder injury as Urawa Reds won 3-2 over Kashiwa Reysol.

Nabbout injured his shoulder in Australia's World Cup clash with Denmark and had been expected to be sidelined until later this month or even November.

In the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday, Denis Genreau started and played 64 minutes in PEC Zwolle’s 2-2 draw at AZ Alkmaar, while Ajdin Hrustic was suspended as Groningen drew 1-1 with Utrecht.

In England’s Premier League on Saturday, Mat Ryan performed admirably as Brighton & Hove Albion went down 2-0 to champions Manchester City.

The Argus rated Ryan 8/10 and wrote: “Nothing to do for 30 minutes, then it got quite hectic. Kept it respectable with several saves, including from Sterling before half-time and from David Silva before the hour.”

Aaron Mooy also put in a full shift as Huddersfield lost 2-0 at home to Tottenham on Saturday.

The Huddersfield Examiner rated Mooy 7/10 and wrote: “Creative and competitive, he put in some smart challenges in the midfield battle.”

Full games

Massimo Luongo, Ryan Williams, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, Ryan McGowan, Cameron Burgess, Kenny Dougall, Mark Milligan, James Holland, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Fran Karacic, Danny Vukovic, Connor Chapman, Aleksandar Jovanovic , Jack Duncan, Rhys Williams, Mat Jurman
James Meredith – ST 89, Tom Rogic – SB 60, Oliver Bozanic – SB 79, Awer Mabil - ST 79, Brent McGrath - SB 88, Steve Lustica – SB 65, Aleksandar Susnjar – SB 86, Golgol Mebrahtu – SB 88, Kwabena Appiah – ST 46
Unused subs
Trent Sainsbury, Aziz Behich, Dean Bouzanis, Adam Federici, Jesse Curran, Andy Rose, Ben Garuccio
Notable absentees
Bailey Wright, Mustafa Amini, Jamie Maclaren, Apostolos Giannou, Bradden Inman, Robbie Kruse, Mitch Duke, Dylan McGowan, Brad Smith