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Brisbane's Hayley Raso ready for back injury return after six months out

Brisbane's Hayley Raso is poised for a W-League return just six months after breaking three vertebrae in her back.

The Matildas winger was felled while contesting a header for Portland in the United States in August and doubted at first whether she would ever walk again.

But the 24-year-old has been named in the Roar's squad to play Sydney FC on Saturday, posting on social media that "I didn't think I'd make it out, but I am so happy to start my next chapter."

Coach Mel Andreatta all but confirmed...

Japan's Hajime Moriyasu unfazed by potential Asian Cup round of 16 clash with Australia

Ritsu Doan added to Yuya Osaka's two goals to ensure Asian Cup favourites Japan kicked off their tournament with a 3-2 win.
Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16.
After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate.
After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine.
Uzbekistan prevailed 2-1 over Oman in their 2019 AFC Asian Cup opener courtesy of Eldor Shomurodov's late winner.

Japan are out to win their group in the Asian Cup, but not due to any fear of meeting defending champions Australia in the knockout stage.

The Samurai Blue face Uzbekistan in Al Ain on Thursday needing a victory to avoid a second round clash with the Socceroos in the same city.

The four-time Asian Cup champions have already secured their passage to the last 16 after winning their group matches against Turkmenistan and Oman.

But they trail the Uzbeks on goal difference heading into Thursday's clash,...

Australia hopeful Andrew Nabbout will be fit for Asian Cup round of 16 clash

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.
After an opening Asia Cup defeat to Jordan, Australia looked much more comfortable in a 3-0 win against Palestine.
Jordan beat holders Australia in the opening match of the Asian Cup.
Son-Heung min set up both goals as South Korea overcame China 2-0, with both teams still booking their place in the Round of 16.
After failing to find the all-important winning goal against Jordan, Palestine must wait to find out their Asia Cup fate.

Socceroos coach Graham Arnold remains hopeful attacker Andrew Nabbout will still feature in Australia's Asian Cup campaign.

The 26-year-old Nabbout is yet to feature in the United Arab Emirates after he suffered a groin injury in the final training session before Australia's opener against Jordan on Jan. 6.

He was expected to return to action in Tuesday's final Group B clash with Syria but aggravated the injury in the final training session before the match.

Despite fears Nabbout's tournament is...

Tom Rogic, Chris Ikonomidis earn 8/10, cover Australian defensive lapses vs. Syria

Tom Rogic's injury-time winner over Syria confirmed Australia's place in the Asia Cup knockout rounds.

Australia progressed to the Asian Cup Round of 16 courtesy of a second-place finish in Group B, but did so in less than convincing fashion by narrowly defeating Syria 3-2 on Tuesday night.

Positives

Despite having pressure put on them by a Syrian team that needed a win to finish second in the group themselves, the Socceroos found just enough grit to get the job done, which will please coach Graham Arnold ahead of the more difficult contests.

The performances -- and goalscoring -- of Awer Mabil and...