Luongo in doubt for Germany clash

Massimo Luongo is facing a battle against time to be fit for the friendly against Germany and is unlikely to face the world champions.

The Socceroos play Germany on Thursday morning Australian time and Luongo is nursing a groin complaint.

Speaking a day before the game, Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou said he was leaning towards saving the Swindon Town midfielder for the match against Macedonia in five days’ time.

“Mass is itching to play,” Postecoglou said.

“Whether we use him tomorrow or the second game, we’ll have a look at him today. We want to try and get everyone in the squad some meaningful game time over the next two games, at the same time, we don’t want to force them out there unless they’re 100%.

“We’ll see how he goes today. More than likely he’ll be involved in the second game rather than the first. But we haven’t had a session yet.”

Postecoglou spoke to media before the team’s last training session before the Germany game. The Australians have been able to have just two sessions since assembling in Europe.

Already Tim Cahill and Matthew Spiranovic have been ruled out and did not travel to Germany, while Mitch Langerak is also unavailable for the first match.

“He’s (Langerak) had a bit of knee complaint so we thought we’d save him for the second game,” Postecoglou.

Doubts remain over the fitness of Tomi Juric and Trent Sainsbury, but Postecoglou was keeping his cards close to his chest.

“We’ve got no injury problems,” he said.

“Everyone’s good. There’s a couple we won’t use tomorrow. It’s about making sure the XI we put out tomorrow is the best we can.”

Western Sydney coach Tony Popovic has publicly expressed his disappointment at the Socceroos taking striker Juric, but Postecoglou declined to get into a slanging match with the Wanderers boss.

“I spoke to Tony before we came away,” he said.

“We had our discussion and that’s it. Tomi’s here. He’s training today.”