James Holland is set to be available for Australia’s friendlies against UAE and Qatar next week after receiving good news on the ankle injury he sustained on the weekend.
Holland had to be replaced after 26 minutes of Austria Wien’s 0-0 draw with Grodig after a nasty tackle to his ankle left him in pain and needing treatment.
The complaint put in doubt Holland’s availability for next week’s friendlies in the Middle East, having last week been named in Ange Postecoglou’s 23-man squad.
However, Austria Wien confirmed on Monday evening that Holland had undergone compression treatment on the injury which didn’t appear to be severe.
The Austrian Bundesliga club said the 25-year-old Australian was in the mix to be fit to play in Saturday’s league clash with Wolfsberger AC.
Holland, an ever-present in Postecoglou’s Australia squads, hasn’t featured on the park for the Socceroos since June’s pre-World Cup friendly against Croatia.
The former Central Coast and Newcastle Jets has been in and out of the Austria Wien starting line-up this term, with the club battling in midtable with just two wins from 10 games.comments