Uncapped Barnsley midfielder Kenny Dougall has been called into the Socceroos squad for the next week's Kuwait friendly after Aaron Mooy was ruled out with injury.
Mooy suffered a slight groin strain in Huddersfield’s 1-1 draw with Burnley FC in the Premier League at the weekend and underwent scans in the United Kingdom on Monday.
Following consulation between the Australian national neam and Huddersfield, it was decided Mooy should remain in England rather than travel to the Middle East, opening the door for 25-year-old Dougall who plays in League One.
“I am disappointed that I won’t be able to join my Socceroos teammates in this camp,” Mooy said. “I enjoyed the camp in Turkey in September and trust that I will be ready to join the team in Australia in November.”
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said: “I have spoken to Aaron as well as Huddersfield’s Sporting Director, Olaf Rebbe, and our medical teams have also been in communication over the past 48 hours.
“While it’s a pity that Aaron won’t be joining us for this camp, Aaron’s ability and importance to both teams is clear, so it is paramount that we help him manage his fitness for the long term benefit of both club and country.
“Kenny (Dougall) performed strongly in his first Socceroos camp in Turkey, and will now receive another opportunity to impress as we continue to add to the pool of players capable of performing for Australia on the international stage.”
Dougall's call-up brings the total number of uncapped players in 24-man squad to five, while a further eight players have eight caps or less, highlighting Arnold’s focus on the future.
The friendly against Kuwait will take place at the 18,500-capacity Al Kuwait Sports Club Stadium in Kuwait City at 7.30pm (3.30am AEDT – Tuesday, 16 October 2018).
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 in 2015, where Australia won 4-1.
Following the October FIFA window, the Socceroos will return to Australia in November to play the Korea Republic and Lebanon.
All three of the international friendlies will be broadcast live in Australia on FOX SPORTS and Network TEN.