Rhyan Grant, Craig Goodwin called up for Tim Cahill's Socceroos farewell
A-League stars Rhyan Grant and Craig Goodwin have been included in a 24-man Socceroos squad to face Lebanon on Tuesday, with Tom Rogic and Robbie Kruse omitted to rest minor injuries.
Sydney FC defender Grant and Adelaide United winger Goodwin come in, along with Tim Cahill who will be making his 108th and final appearance for Australia when farewelled before home fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.
The changes came on Sunday after the Socceroos 1-1 draw with fellow Asian heavyweights South Korea on Saturday night in Brisbane.
"There is a short turnaround to Tuesday's match against Lebanon so Tom [Rogic] and Robbie [Kruse], who both performed well on Saturday evening but have minor knee and groin injuries respectively, won't be risked," said coach Graham Arnold.
Arnold has still to omit one more player to make way for Cahill, who is expected to get a 10-minute cameo off the bench late in the match.
Grant and Goodwin were part of a four-man train-on group in Brisbane, with Thomas Deng and Dimitri Petratos, who weren't called up for the Lebanon match.
"With limited matches and training days with the team leading up to next year's AFC Asian Cup, it is important that we provide as many players as possible with the chance to integrate into our style and system, and Tuesday's match against Lebanon gives us a great chance to do that," said Arnold.
Full Socceroos squad:
Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak, Mat Ryan, Danny Vukovic
Defenders: Aziz Behich, Milos Degenek, Alex Gersbach, Rhyan Grant, Matthew Jurman, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon, Trent Sainsbury
Midfielders: Mustafa Amini, Craig Goodwin, Jackson Irvine, James Jeggo, Massimo Luongo, Aaron Mooy
Forwards: Martin Boyle, Tim Cahill, Mathew Leckie, Awer Mabil, Jamie Maclaren, Andrew Nabbout, Tomi Juric