Australia’s Degenek out of world qualifiers after positive COVID test

Australia's Degenek out of world qualifiers after positive COVID test

Crvena Zvezda Beograd's Australian defender Milos Degenek heads the ball past Ludogorets Razgrad's Cypriot forward Pieros Sotiriou during the UEFA Europa League Group F football match between Ludogorets Razgrad and FK Crvena Zvezda Beograd, in Razgrad, on Sep 30, 2021.

MELBOURNE: Australia defender Milos Degenek has been ruled out of the Socceroos’ World Cup qualifiers against Oman and Japan after returning a positive COVID-19 test, the team said on Tuesday (Oct 5).

Bailey Wright replaces the Red Star Belgrade defender in Graham Arnold’s squad for Thursday’s Group B clash against Oman in Doha and next week’s Japan game in Saitama.

“Degenek is asymptomatic, however after returning a positive test in his pre-departure screening, he has been ruled out of the upcoming FIFA international window,” the team said in a media release.

Fifteen of Australia’s 25-player squad had already arrived in Doha, with the rest to arrive later today.

Australia are top of Group B after beating China and Vietnam in their opening games of the current phase of Asian qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Qatar.

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