Roar lose Socceroo duo for Liverpool clash

Brisbane Roar will be hoping their young guns bring their A-game for the clash with English Premier League giants Liverpool, after Socceroos Matt McKay and Luke DeVere were ruled out of Friday’s showpiece.

Roar Skipper, McKay, only returned to training on Monday after taking a delayed off-season break following the Socceroos’ 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan in June.

While DeVere was injured in the Roar’s match against Spanish La Liga side Villarreal last month and has undergone an operation on a torn quadriceps muscle in his left thigh.

Head Coach John Aloisi said it was disappointing for both players to miss the match against the celebrated EPL side.

“The doctors are very pleased with Luke’s operation and he will begin rehab in a few weeks. We will have a better idea then how much longer he will be on the sidelines,” Aloisi said.

“Matt was obviously a tougher decision as he is always keen to play.

“But with just a couple of days training under his belt since his time off, our coaching and medical staff agreed that it was not worth the risk for him to play at this very early stage of his pre-season training.”

Roar Goalkeeper Michael Theo was already ruled out of the game as he continues to nurse his way back from a broken wrist suffered in pre-season training last year. A metal plate supporting the mending bones was finally removed six weeks ago.

Aloisi’s men will need to call on the experience of Thomas Broich and former Socceroos Jade North and Shane Stefanutto – plus a squad bristling with talented youngsters.

Among them, Olyroos Jamie Maclaren (recruited last week from Perth Glory), James Donachie, Corey Brown and Brandon Borrelloas well as midfielder starlet Devante Clut, who netted a brace in the 3-0 win over Villarreal.

Aloisi is expected to fully utilise his bench for the high-profile clash.

“This is a game every player will remember for the rest of the careers,” Aloisi said.

“I know every Roar player who gets a chance to be on the same field as Liverpool will make the most of such a wonderful opportunity.”

Liverpool take on a Thai All-Stars side in Bangkok on Tuesday, before heading to Brisbane on Wednesday.