Snubbed Maclaren’s shock World Cup recall
SOCCEROOS boss Bert van Marwijk has been forced to make an emergency addition to Australia's World Cup squad, rushing in striker Jamie Maclaren as concerns grow over a knee injury that threatens Tomi Juric's hopes of playing in Russia.
Controversially ommited from van Marwijk's initial selection, Maclaren flew into Turkey on Sunday night to join Australia's pre-World Cup camp after Juric's injury did not respond to treatment.
It's understood the FC Luzern striker has managed to join in only one session with his teammates at the 26-man camp in Antalya on the southern Turkish coast, spending the rest of the time in rehab from an injury carried over from his club season.
With Juric and Tim Cahill as the only recognised No 9s in the squad, Maclaren - who was on a standby list - was asked to abort a holiday and make his way to Antalya, where he has an unexpected second chance to secure a place in the final 23-man squad to be chosen next week.
Van Marwijk admitted that he was unsure whether Juric would respond to treatment in time.
"Tomi Juric has had a knee issue over the last three weeks which is being monitored by our medical team," said van Marwijk.
"We hope that Tomi will be able to train and play this week, but his recovery might also take longer.
"That is why we have decided to bring in Jamie Maclaren now so that he also has a fair chance to display his qualities before the final 23 player squad must be announced."
Van Marwijk has set great store by the time he has to prepare his players tactically in the weeks leading up to the opening game against France on June 16, but his plans have been hampered by several late arrivals.
That includes captain Mile Jedinak, who was only due to reach Turkey early on Tuesday (AEST) after his club side Aston Villa's heartbreaking loss to Fulham in the Championship playoff at Wembley.