Mooy didn't even make the bench for the huge 2018 World Cup qualifier in Saitama due to the illness.

Massimo Luongo and Jackson Irvine start as the holding midfielders in his absence.

Robbie Kruse is the shock inclusion up front, with Tomi Juric battling a knock picked up playing for Luzern on Sunday.

Matt Spiranovic returns to the Socceroos line-up after months out, starting alongside Mark Milligan and Trent Sainsbury in defence.

Play commences at 8.35pm AEST.