Postecoglou sorry for Newcastle criticism

Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou has apologised for his comments regarding Newcastle United's handling of injured defender Curtis Good.

The 21-year-old suffered a hip flexor injury on debut for the nation team which forced him out of Australia's World Cup squad.

The national team boss was less than pleased that the promising centre-back failed to recover from the injury and said as much when announcing his axing from the squad.

“We wanted to give Curtis every chance and, to his credit, he worked really hard and did everything the medical people wanted him to do,” Postecoglou said in May.

“We tested him out but he just couldn’t get back up to where he wanted to and so the wise decision for him was to send him back home to sort out his injury once and for all.

“He could have played a significant role in this World Cup, so I wanted to give him every chance. But one thing we do know is that it (the injury) probably still hasn’t been correctly treated.

“He had three or four failed attempts, which suggests to me it is probably something he needs to deal with, and his club needs to deal with a little more urgently now to really find out what the problem is.”

The comments obviously ruffled feathers back on St James' Park, resulting in an official apology from Postecoglou posted on the FFA website.

“On 27 May, 2014, at the press conference announcing the selection of the National Squad for the 2014 World Cup, I made some statements concerning the decision not to select Curtis Good because of injury," Postecoglou said.

“I have been told by Newcastle United Football Club that my statements might have been understood to suggest that the club had not provided proper care and treatment to Curtis who as a result suffered the injury and prevented him from being selected.

“If so, I confirm that I did not intend to suggest that that was the case and wish to correct the public record now.”