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Real escape with hope of progress

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Real escape with hope of progress

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By ESPN Staff

Viduka, Kewell missing from Aussie Asia squad

SYDNEY, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Australia named a near full-strength squad on Tuesday for next month's friendly with Paraguay and the Asian Cup qualifier against Bahrain.

Strikers Mark Viduka, Harry Kewell and Josh Kennedy were the only players who went to this year's World Cup in Germany who were omitted from coach Graham Arnold's 23-man squad.

Viduka's wife is pregnant, while Kewell and Kennedy were ruled out though injury of the Oct. 7 game against Paraguay in Brisbane and the Bahrain match on Oct. 11 in Sydney.

Experienced defender Tony Vidmar was recalled after missing the World Cup due to a heart problem.

Young midfielder Travis Dodd, who scored in last month's 2-0 win over Kuwait that clinched the Socceroos' place in next year's Asian Cup finals, was also named in the squad.

Australia squad: John Aloisi, Michael Beauchamp, Alex Brosque, Marco Bresciano, Tim Cahill, Scott Chipperfield, Ante Covic, Jason Culina, Travis Dodd, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella, Zeljko Kalac, Stan Lazaridis, Mark Milligan, Craig Moore, *Kevin Muscat, Lucas Neill, *Jade North, Tony Popovic, Mark Schwarzer, Josip Skoko, Mile Sterjovski, Archie Thompson, Tony Vidmar, Luke Wilkshire.