Kye Rowles key to Socceroos World Cup hopes as Bos faces injury scan

Socceroos relying on makeshift leftback Kye Rowles as Bos injury worries continue

Makeshift leftback Kye Rowles emerges as a pivotal figure in the Socceroos’ quest for a spot in the final round of World Cup qualification, with uncertainty surrounding Jordy Bos’s knee scan results. Graham Arnold opted to start Bos on the bench in Thursday’s 2-0 victory over Lebanon in Sydney due to his late arrival in Australia, leading Rowles, typically a centre back, to deputize on the left side of the defense.

However, Arnold’s tactical plans were disrupted when Bos replaced the injured Riley McGree in the first half, only to suffer a knee injury himself. Both players will undergo scans, and Arnold indicated that McGree and Bos are likely to miss the upcoming match against Lebanon in Canberra.

With Aziz Behich out of contention for this window and Bos facing potential absence, Rowles’ role becomes even more crucial, especially after scoring his first senior international goal in the recent win. Rowles expressed confidence in his defensive partnership and readiness to contribute wherever needed, highlighting his adaptability despite his usual position.

Rowles showcased his defensive capabilities against Lebanon’s threat, Hassan Matouk, but Arnold emphasized the need for an improved performance from the team. While Rowles and Keanu Baccus’s contributions secured the victory, Arnold acknowledged some lapses and emphasized the importance of raising the level of play to avoid costly mistakes.

Australia’s objective is to secure a place in the final phase of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup, and a win in the upcoming match is crucial towards achieving that goal. Despite the challenges posed by injuries and adjustments in the lineup, the Socceroos remain focused on earning the necessary points to progress in the qualification campaign.

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