James Troisi and the Socceroos react at full time.
James Troisi and the Socceroos react at full time.

Confirmed: Roos handed crucial FIFA card boost

THE Socceroos have now officially received a boost, with FFA confirming nine players walking a suspension tight rope have been cleared.

Australia are already without Mathew Leckie and Mark Milligan for the first leg in San Pedro Sula, but had a further nine players are walking a tightrope, carrying yellow cards that date back almost as far as a year ago over an arduous and extensive AFC group phase and Syria play-off.

Honduras' players were confirmed on Sunday to no longer be at risk of a ban had they picked up a yellow card.

 

Mathew Leckie (R) is one of those suspended for the first leg.
Mathew Leckie (R) is one of those suspended for the first leg.

It had initially been feared that the Socceroos already on yellow cards - Tom Rogic, Mile Jedinak, Tomi Juric, Massimo Luongo, Josh Risdon, Ryan McGowan, Jackson Irvine and Milos Degenek - would be at risk of suspension for the second leg in Sydney had they been cautioned in the first game.

However FFA confirmed that was no longer the case.


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