Australia's Neill, Cahill, Skoko pull out of Ghana game

November 13, 2006

SYDNEY, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Australia midfielders Tim Cahill and Josip Skoko, and defender Lucas Neill have pulled out of Tuesday's friendly against Ghana in London, Football Federation Australia (FFA) said in a statement on Monday.

The experienced trio will be replaced in the Socceroos squad by Michael Beauchamp, Michael Thwaite and Kasey Wehrman. Defender Craig Moore is also doubtful through injury.

'The negative side is obviously the injuries to the main guys but on the positive side it is a game against very good opposition which is going to test these new guys and see where we are at,' coach Graham Arnold said.

'This is a great opportunity against quality opposition to give the likes of Patrick Kisnorbo, Ryan Griffiths, Brett Holman, Shane Stefanutto, Kasey Wehrman an opportunity.'

The match between two of this year's World Cup finalists takes place at Loftus Road, home of English second division club Queen's Park Rangers.