Osieck facing Socceroos selection headache

June 9, 2013
By Guy Hand

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck will keep the guessing game going until match day on whether he makes team changes for his side's crucial World Cup qualifier against Jordan in Melbourne on Tuesday night.

Osieck has the luxury of a side which did the job superbly against Japan in a 1-1 draw last week, and with regular holding midfielder Mile Jedinak and striker Alex Brosque fit again for selection.

Jedinak appears the most likely candidate to return to the starting side if changes are made, despite the excellent performance of his replacement Mark Milligan against Japan.

Osieck was giving little away at a pre-match media conference in Melbourne on Monday.

"In football, you should never look back - the only thing you get is a sore neck," Osieck said.

"I look ahead. Jordan is a different game (to Japan). Everyone in our squad is ready to play, so it's a good situation but a tough one for me as well to make the decisions."

Jordan coach Adnan Hamad said his detention by authorities at Melbourne Airport for several hours on Wednesday before being allowed into the country was forgotten, and had had no effect on his team's preparation.

But he was concerned at the scheduling of an AFL match at Etihad Stadium 48 hours before the World Cup qualifier, though his team will not see or train on the surface until Monday night.

"It should have been organised in a different way," Hamad said through an interpreter.