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Australia’s boss blames the defeat on absences

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According to coach Graham Arnold, the team had two missing “key players” who got injured before the start of the 2019 Asian Cup.

Australia is suffering without wingers Martin Boyle and Daniel Arzani.

Both footballers are injured and did not play for the Socceroos on their 1-0 lost against Jordan.

“I don’t want to reflect too much on it, but Martin was one of the keys to this tournament – him and young Daniel Arzani, because of their individual quality that they have in a one-v-one situation against teams that play with a packed defense,” Arnold told SMH.

“Martin had the operation last night, Martin is recovering, we’ve been in touch with him, he’s in good spirits and we expect him to have a great recovery at Hibs and we’ll see him back with the Socceroos soon.”

“It’s something that Australians also have, a very great attitude to fight,” he added.

“We know Palestine will be aggressive and it’s important that we win the battle. We’ve got players who play in the English Championship and in different parts around the world who are used to those kinds of teams.