Socceroos defender ruled out of Confederations Cup
ALEX Gersbach has been called up for the Confederations Cup in Russia later this month after left-back Brad Smith was ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.
The Bournemouth defender confirmed on Saturday the injury was serious enough for him to miss tomorrow's friendly with Brazil at the MCG and the trip to eastern Europe after sustaining the injury in the 3-2 World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia on Thursday.
"Devastated to announce I won't be going with the boys to Russia for the confederations cup, I've picked up a hamstring injury against Saudi Arabia on Thursday," Smith tweeted.
"Good luck to all the boys for the rest of the month go and do something special."
Gersbach, who now plays for Norwegian side Rosenborg after signing from Sydney FC laast year, will replace Smith in the squad with coach Ange Postecoglou adding: "It's a shame for Brad that he picked up that minor hamstring strain against Saudi Arabia.
"It is not a serious injury but the recovery time required for Brad to get back onto the pitch made it difficult for him to be ready for the bulk of this period and he is better off returning to the UK to start his rehab.
"Alex has done well for us when called into the squad previously and he will slot straight into the team when we arrive in Russia."
Meanwhile, Brazil's Gabriel Jesus will miss tomorrow's game at the MCG against the Socceroos after he broke an eye socket during the 1-0 loss to Argentina on Friday night.
The Manchester City player was taken off the field on a stretcher late the game after being hit by an errant elbow from club teammate Nicolas Otamendi.
Gabriel Jesus was initially given the all-clear after precautionary tests but the CBF said after a more detailed examination, a fracture was diagnosed.
Brazil will not call up a replacement.
Australia plays games against Germany on June 18, Cameroon (June 22) and Chile (June 25) in the Confederations Cup.