Injury blow rules Rogic out of Asian Cup

Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will miss the 2015 AFC Asian Cup after suffering another setback in his recovery from a groin injury, according to Australia coach Ange Postecoglou.

Speaking in a teleconference following today’s Socceroos squad announcement, Postecoglou confirmed Rogic had undergone another operation on the problem which ruled the 21-year-old out of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

“Tommy has had a setback and my understanding is he’s had to have an operation which will mean another lengthy absence, which probably rules him out of Asian Cup calculations,” Postecoglou said.

The Socceroos medical department have been in regular consultation with Rogic and his club Celtic about the surgery and his rehabilitation.

Rogic underwent an operation after injury prevented him from making the final cut for Brazil, but the latest news is a major setback in his recovery.

Postecoglou admitted the injury was a blow, but insisted it wouldn’t affect his Asian Cup plans, with Mark Bresciano and Massimo Luongo among the contenders for Rogic’s role.

“It’s disappointing for him because he obviously wants to get back playing,” Postecoglou said.

“From my perspective, I don’t want to be in the position where I’m relying on one or two players. Injuries are part of a footballer’s journey.

“To be fair to Tom he hasn’t been in calculations for a while. We tried to get for the World Cup but he hasn’t played for the last six or seven games.”

Rogic, despite being part of Australia’s pre-World Cup camp, hasn’t appeared in the green and gold since March’s 4-3 loss to Ecuador in London, and hasn’t seen competitive action since appearing for Melbourne Victory in April.

“The best thing for him now is his rehab and making sure he’s fit and starts to play football again,” Postecoglou said.

“Once he starts to play football again he’ll come onto our radar.”

Postecoglou added that he hadn’t spoken with Rogic.

“I don’t think that’s my role,” he said.

“He’s got a club coach and club environment, we provide him with all the support we can.

“It’s not about me trying to console players who are missing out.”