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Australia name World Cup squad to play against Syria and captain to miss out

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Australia captain Mile Jedinak has been ruled out of Asia's World Cup playoff against Syria after failing to recover from a long-term groin injury.

The stalwart midfielder, who missed the Socceroos' last World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Thailand, was named in a preliminary squad last week but omitted from the final 23-man squad released on Wednesday.

Australia travel to Melacca, Malaysia for the first leg of the tie against hosts Syria on October 5.
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The teams return to Australia for the second leg at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on Oct. 10, with the winners of the two-leg playoff to meet the fourth-placed side from the North and Central America qualifiers.

The winners of the intercontinental playoff will secure a berth in the 32-team field for next year's World Cup finals in Russia.

The Australian Squad will include goalkeeper Mat Ryan, midfielders Mustafa Amini, Robbie Kruse and Massimo Luongo along with veteran forward Tim Cahill.