Ange Postecoglou says Brisbane Roar striker Jamie Maclaren can provide cover for record-breaking Socceroo Tim Cahill, after the 36 year-old was omitted from the squad to face Thailand.
In the last two games against Saudi Arabia and Japan, Cahill has only played 35 minutes.
The star striker missed Melbourne City's win against Adelaide United and a lack of fitness means he will be absent for the Socceroos crucial World Cup Qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday, 15 of November.
In his place is Maclaren who has been recalled to the Socceroo squad after finding form with Brisbane Roar in the A-League.
And Postecoglou believes the 23-year-old will be an adequate replacement for Cahill.
“I was mindful of bringing in a striker that was fit and Jamie Maclaren was always on the radar,” he said. “He missed out on the initial squad and I though against the Central Coast last week and obviously, this weekend with him scoring he’s looked pretty good.
“Again, it’s just a matter of managing the players overall and looking who can contribute and I didn’t want to be left short up front with having two players in one position being underdone physically so that is the reason we brought in Jamie.”
Postecoglou said Cahill's presence in the domestic competion was more vital than the national team at the moment.
“Timmy obviously missed the last game and he had an interrupted off season,” he said. “We took him along to the last camp and he got through most of the work. For us it’s more important Tim has a strong A-League season and next year is obviously a massive year with us with the back end of qualifying and the Confederations Cup.
“I’ve had talks with a number of managers particularly overseas about this coming camp. We look at things from a holistic approach making sure that the players that come in are in the best possible condition.
“This is our heaviest international period over these last three months. You just have to look at the amount of travel and loads that are put on the players in this period and Tim is not the only one there is quite a few who we reckon are right one the threshold.”