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Injury blow for Jordan before Aussie game

Jordan have suffered a setback before their Asian Cup opener against Australia with winger Yazan Thalji ruled out of the tournament.

Injury blow for Jordan before Aussie game

Jordan have suffered a setback before their Asian Cup opener against Australia with winger Yazan Thalji ruled out of the tournament.

Jordan have suffered an injury setback on the eve of their Asian Cup clash with Australia.

Youngster Yazan Thalji has been ruled out of the tournament, forcing Jordan to draft Ihsan Haddad into their 23-man squad ahead of Sunday's Group B opener against the Socceroos in Al Ain.


The 24-year-old winger's withdrawal hasn't dampened the optimism of Jordan coach Vital Borkelmans.

The Belgian says while world No.109 Jordan know they face a tough challenge to get a result against Graham Arnold, he's keeping a positive mindset.

"My team is ready, physically and mentally," Borkelmans said.

"Australia is a tough team. Very physical ... but I've told my players to think positive, don't think negative.

"Everything is possible ... tomorrow we'll see how my team is."

A strong contingent of Jordan fans are expected to create a hostile atmosphere at the Hazza Bin Zayed stadium, with reports local Jordanian expatriates have been given free tickets to Sunday's match.

But Jordan's biggest threat appears to be 21-year-old right winger Musa Al-Taamari.

The youngster has been in scintillating form since signing with Cyprus club Apoel Nicosia in the middle of last year, scoring seven times in 10 appearances.

Jordan captain Amer Shafi hinted at Al-Taamari's importance in Saturday's pre-match press conference.

"Speed is the key factor tomorrow," the 36-year-old goalkeeper said.

AAP


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