Milligan out of Socceroos clash

The Socceroos have suffered another blow with influential midfielder Mark Milligan ruled out of the squad to face Japan on Tuesday.

The Melbourne Victory skipper pulled out before the friendly after failing to recover from a knee injury he suffered in last weekend’s A-League clash with the Newcastle Jets.

Milligan’s departure was delayed a day to see if his knee settled down following the injury but he was ruled out of the match on Tuesday and will not travel to Japan.

It follows news that rising Sydney star Terry Antonis was involved in a minor car accident on the way to the airport and ruled out of the Osaka showdown with head and neck soreness.

Socceroos Head Coach Ange Postecoglou replaced Antonis with Swiss-based midfielder Oliver Bozanic but has decided not to bring another player into the squad for Milligan.

The 22-player squad has headed into a week-long training camp before facing the Samurai Blue.

The match is the last scheduled friendly for Socceroos ahead of the Asian Cup, where the national team in under pressure to perform on home soil.