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The Socceroos will miss Covid-19-stricken Graham Arnold but players are adamant the national coach’s absence won’t derail Australia’s bid for World Cup qualification.

Arnold is in isolation in Melbourne after testing positive to the virus.

While he is due to emerge from isolation on Thursday, the day of Australia’s match against Vietnam at AAMI Park, Arnold seems unlikely to be the Socceroos’ dugout that night.

Such disruptions aren’t needed ahead of what’s shaping as a must-win match for the Australians.

“We’re going to miss him because he’s our head coach,” defender Milos Degenek said.

“It’s not ideal for us but Arnie’s going to be with us digitally in all the meetings, digitally he’ll be in all the training sessions and all the pre-game stuff so he’ll be around … he’ll be there with us in spirit.”

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Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has Covid-19. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold has Covid-19. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

In Arnold’s absence, assistant coaches Rene Meulensteen and Tony Vidmar will take charge of the squad.

“We’ve been together for the last three or four years. Everyone knows what to expect and we know how to perform and all the messages are all the same,” said Degenek, who added that he did not believe Covid-19 would spread through the Socceroos camp.

We’re not concerned. We follow all the protocols here,” he said.

“I haven’t seen ‘Arnie’ and no-one’s seen ‘Arnie’ from us players that are here. He’s been in isolation.

“The way everything is organised, it gives us maximum chance so no-one else gets any symptoms or no-one else gets Covid.

“I don’t think we’ve had a campo where any player has tested positive and I hope this camp stays like that where no player tests positive and we can have the full squad (available).”

“We’re all positive. We all know what’s expected of us. The best part about it is it’s all in our hands. We all know what’s on the line.”

Milos Degenek is set to join American club Columbus Crew. Picture: Christof STACHE / AFPSource: AFP

Degenek, who arrived in camp last Friday night, has terminated his contract with Serbian giants Red Star Belgrade.

His move to US Major Soccer League club Columbus Crew will be announced on Tuesday.

“In life there comes a moment where you need to move on and challenge yourself,” Degenek said.

“Because the World Cup is on this year, I want to give myself the best possible chance to stay fit, and obviously to prolong my career as well (by going) somewhere where it’s a fit and healthy environment. where I’ve got the best support around me to give me the best possible chance to go to the World Cup, and the best possible chance to pay well for our country.

“That probably helped me decide where I’m going to play in the future.”

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