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Injured Franjic out of Australia's WC campaign

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Monday, June 16, 2014

CUIABA, Brazil - Australian coach Ange Postecoglou says he could employ lateral thinking to cover the collateral damage of Ivan Franjic being ruled out of the World Cup.

Franjic will take no further part in the tournament after tearing his left hamstring in a 3-1 loss to Chile which Postecoglou says is just sinking in.

"The disappointment becomes greater," Postecoglou told reporters in Vitoria on Saturday, a day after the defeat.

"After the game I thought it was an opportunity missed and that was further emphasised ... you have lost a game of football we felt we could have got something out of."

Postecoglou said Ryan McGowan loomed as a ready replacement in Franjic's right-back slot, but he was also considering other options.

"Ryan is a solution, there could be a couple of different things in the way we approach things," he said.

"Holland represents a different problem to Chile, so we'll have a look in the next couple of days."

Australia face a red-hot Netherlands in Porto Allegre on Wednesday (Thursday AEST) after the Dutch thumped reigning champion Spain 5-1 in their tournament opener.

Postecoglou said losing Franjic was a "massive disappointment".

"I'll talk to him later, but there's not a lot you can say," he said.

"But what he has tasted should be motivation to come back for more."

Postecoglou was thoroughly reviewing Australia's loss to Chile.








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