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Australia's Ryan to miss Kuwait friendly

Monday, October 8, 2018
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Dubai: Socceroos goalkeeper Mathew Ryan will not take part in the team’s training camp in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) this week, or next week’s international friendly fixture against Kuwait at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium. 

Ryan, who kept a clean sheet in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-0 English Premier League win over West Ham on Friday, will be given the October FIFA window off to manage a minor injury, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Monday.

Socceroos head coach Graham Arnold said it was in Ryan’s best interests to remain with his club rather than travel to the UAE.

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“Mathew’s managing a minor injury which hasn’t prevented him from playing or performing for Brighton so far this Premier League season,” Arnold explained.

“He could have travelled, trained with us, and played against Kuwait, but for this window we believe it is best that he remains in Brighton and returns to full fitness with his club.

“We will have three very good goalkeepers with us this camp in Danny Vukovic (pictured below), Brad Jones, and Mitchell Langerak.

“The time in the UAE and Kuwait will provide a great opportunity for each of these goalkeepers to show their best as the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 draws nearer,” he said.

The Socceroos’ international friendly against Kuwait will take place at the Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City October 15.

Australia and Kuwait have played 11 matches at senior men’s international level in the past, with the first meeting between the two nations coming in Sydney in 1977, and the most recent being played in Melbourne during the opening match of the AFC Asian Cup 2015, where Australia won 4-1.

Following the October FIFA window, the Socceroos will return to Australia in November. On November 17, they will play Korea Republic at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, before meeting Lebanon on November 20 at ANZ Stadium at Sydney Olympic Park.

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