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Mooy ruled out of Australia's Asian Cup defence

Mooy ruled out of Australia's Asian Cup defence
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - World Cup - Australia Training - Australia Training Camp, Sochi, Russia - June 25, 2018 Australia's Aaron Mooy during training REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/File Photo   -   Copyright  Francois Lenoir(Reuters)
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MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Huddersfield Town midfielder Aaron Mooy has been ruled out Australia’s Asian Cup defence after a thorough assessment of his ligament injury, the Football Federation Australia (FFA) said on Monday.

The injury sustained by Mooy was first flagged by Huddersfield but the FFA said Mooy was desperate to feature in the Jan. 5-Feb. 1 tournament and had requested a second opinion.

FK Austria Wien midfielder James Jeggo will replace Mooy in coach Graham Arnold’s 23-man squad as they look to defend their Asian Cup title in the United Arab Emirates.

“It is disappointing to lose Aaron for the tournament however it was important that we left no stone unturned in exploring every option to get Aaron on the pitch for Australia in the UAE,” Arnold said in a statement.

“We will remain in close contact with Aaron and Huddersfield Town during his rehabilitation and trust that he will make a successful return to action.”

(Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Sudipto Ganguly)

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