AAP Soccer

Leave nothing in tank, Milligan tells Roos

By AAP Newswire

Australia captain Mark Milligan has urged his team to give their all in their final Asian Cup group match against Syria.

The Socceroos need just a point against the Syrians on Tuesday to secure second spot in Group B and a progression to the knockout stages, but Milligan is expecting a tough clash against a desperate opponent in Al Ain.

Syria head into the match having sacked ex-Perth Glory coach Bernd Stange after a 2-0 loss to Jordan last week left them with just one point and no goals from their opening two matches.

It means a fired-up Qasioun Eagles head into the clash with Australia knowing nothing short of a win will keep them in the tournament.

"You can't leave anything in the tank. You have to go out and show all your cards in that match," Milligan said.

"We'll have a look at them, but we will go into the match with a lot of confidence.

"We do believe in the players that we have here and they way that we're doing things."

Australia welcome back Andrew Nabbout after the striker missed the first two matches due to a groin strain.

Nabbout trained with the team in Al Ain on Sunday and will give coach Graham Arnold a selection headache with Jamie Maclaren buzzing after scoring his first goal in a Socceroos jersey against Palestine on Friday.

Arnold will also have to determine whether to shift Milligan from midfield to defence with Trent Sainsbury suspended.

Milligan spent most of Sunday's training session lining up alongside Milos Degenek indicating that will be Arnold's preferred option with Massimo Luongo to return to midfield along Jackson Irvine and Tom Rogic.

Celtic star Rogic is one yellow card from suspension for any round of 16 match after being booked in the Palestine victory but there's been no talk of resting him for the Syria match.

Australia will train at the Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium on Monday afternoon with Tuesday's match at the venue kicking off at 5.30pm (Wednesday 0030 AEDT).