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Socceroos defender Milos Degenek forced out of World Cup qualifiers after testing positive to Covid-19

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The Socceroos have suffered a Covid interruption in their preparation for Friday’s World Cup qualifier in Doha after defender Milos Degenek returned a positive test for the virus.

Degenek, who plays for Red Star Belgrade in Serbia, is asymptomatic but returned a positive test in his pre-departure screening, before he linked up with the squad.

He has been ruled out of the upcoming FIFA international window which for the Socceroos includes two World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Japan.

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Coach Graham Arnold has called up Sunderland defender Bailey Wright to join his 25-man squad.

Fifteen of Australia’s 25-player squad for the Socceroos’ third and fourth World Cup qualifiers have now arrived in Doha, with the remaining ten squad members set to arrive in Qatar today.

The “home” clash against Oman – which had been scheduled for Sydney before travel restrictions and quarantine requirements forced it to be moved abroad – will be followed by another Group B qualifier next Tuesday against Japan in Saitama.

Bailey Wright has been called up to the Socceroos. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images
Bailey Wright has been called up to the Socceroos. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 – AFC Asian qualifiers (third round)

Matchday 3: Australia v Oman

Friday, October 8

Khalifa International Stadium, Doha, Qatar

Kick-off: 5.30am AEDT

Broadcast: Live on 10 and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 5am (AEDT)

Matchday 4: Japan v Australia

Tuesday, October 12

Saitama Stadium, Saitama, Japan

Kick-off: 9.14pm (AEDT)

Broadcast: Live on 10 Bold and 10 Play – pre-game coverage from 8.30pm (AED

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