The pair have been ruled out due to injuries, with Japan's World Cup qualification already confirmed via the 2-0 win over Australia in Saitama on Thursday.

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Hasebe is withdrawn, having only made his return to the national team in the win over Australia after knee surgery.

Borussia Dortmund's Kagawa, who has 86 caps, was an unused substitute against the Socceroos, but may have been called upon if available against Saudi Arabia.

There has been speculation Japan boss Vahid Halilhodzic may field an experimental side in Jeddah, although he is yet to confirm his plans.

Japan has plenty of depth in their squad, with superstar Keisuke Honda left on the bench against Australia, while Leicester City striker Shinji Okazaki was a 75th minute substitute.

Australia needs Japan's assistance in order to automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup.

The Socceroos must better Saudi Arabia's result, when the sides play Thailand and Japan respectively.

If both sides win, then Australia must overcome Saudi Arabia's two-goal advantage on goal difference with a big win over the War Elephants in Melbourne.