Utrecht: Oar 'overloaded' by Soccceroos

FC Utrecht boss Robby Alflen has slammed the Socceroos for “overloading” Tommy Oar on international duty following his latest injury setback.

Oar missed Utrecht’s 3-1 loss away to Twente on Sunday due to a groin complaint, raising doubts about his availability for Australia’s upcoming friendlies against UAE and Qatar.

However, the FFA have since confirmed they expect him to be fit to join the camp next week and play.

The complaint comes after 22-year-old Oar missed the first two games of the Eredivisie season, after sustaining a knee injury at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Alflen admitted Oar’s latest problem wasn’t serious, but told Dutch media it stemmed from his Socceroos commitments.

"Whenever he is called up for the Australian team, he is overloaded on all sides,” Alflen said.

“He must train very hard and play two matches in a short time, then his weaknesses come to light.

“Now it’s his groin. It is not serious, but it was not good enough to have him fit to play (against Twente).”

The winger’s latest setback comes after playing an hour and a full game against Belgium and Saudi Arabia respectively in early September, although he was able to start three games for Utrecht since before missing the weekend’s clash.

The FFA preferred not to make any comment on Alflen's claims.

Despite missing his side’s opening two matches, Oar has the equal most assists in the Eredivisie this term with four so far.

Alflen had been the Utrecht assistant coach for almost three years before taking over from Jan Wouters ahead of the 2014-15 season.