Bresciano out of Aussie friendly

MELBOURNE - Australia playmaker Mark Bresciano and striker Scott McDonald will miss the team's friendly against the Netherlands in Sydney on Saturday after picking up injuries.

"Those are two players who are not with us, for the rest everybody is ready," Australia coach Pim Verbeek told reporters in Sydney.

A second-string Socceroos side were humbled 3-1 by South Korea in a friendly in Seoul last month, but Dutchman Verbeek has recalled top Europe-based players for the game against the Dutch including Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill and Mark Schwarzer.