Langerak to get number one shot

Mitchell Langerak will get a chance to press his claims for the Socceroos number one shirt when he deputises for the injured Roman Weidenfeller against FSV Mainz on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp confirmed regular custodian Weidenfeller is battling a groin injury he sustained in the midweek DFB Pokal semi-final win over Wolfsburg.

“It looks like Weidenfeller won’t be able to play, which means Langerak will likely play,” Klopp told reporters on Thursday.

Klopp failed to confirm the extent of the injury, but Weidenfeller managed to play out the semi-final, which booked Dortmund’s spot in the decider against Bayern Munich, suggesting it isn’t too serious.

Dortmund still have four league matches and the DFB Pokal final to play, before the conclusion of their season.

Langerak appears behind Club Brugge stopper Mat Ryan in the race to be Australia’s preferred keeper in Brazil due to a lack of regular game-time and after being sent off in last month's 4-3 friendly loss to Ecuador.

The 25-year-old has made nine Bundesliga appearances for Dortmund in his time at the club, including two this season. He has never been on a losing Dortmund side in the league.

Earlier this month, the former Melbourne Victory man stepped up when Weidenfeller was absent with a hand injury. Dortmund defeated Wolfsburg 2-1 on that day.

Langerak has made seven appearances in all competitions for the German giants this term.

He was dismissed in Australia’s friendly loss to Ecuador last month, when he came off the bench as a half-time substitute with the side leading 3-0.



They are both good keepers, but if they appear equal, it is best to keep Matt Ryan as Socceroos main keeper as he is 4 years younger at 21. Mitch Langerak can be the Socceroos number 2 keeper.
Langerak and Jones both didn't perform well, although it all started when Davidson ran back and slipped over leading to the first of Ecuadors goals.

I hope Davidson learns from his mistakes as he is young and we need some good backs, we have more than enough keepers, halves and forwards. Just the backs we lack.

If Langerak plays for Socceroos, we will start to get a bigger crowd as a lot of girls will come to see him play with his good looks.

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