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Monday, June 23, 2014

VITORIA, Brazil - Desperate to avoid the worst World Cup defence in history, Spain have vowed to field their strongest side against a Socceroos outfit hit with injury and suspension.

Australia will be without banned striker Tim Cahill and fellow veteran Mark Bresciano, who's battling a hip-flexor complaint, when they line up against the world champions in their final World Cup game in Curitiba tomorrow.

With close to 150 caps between them, the Socceroos will be missing their two most experienced players.

Injured midfielder Mark Milligan (hamstring) is also likely to be ruled out.

However coach Ange Postecoglou confirmed goalkeeper Mat Ryan will start against the world No.1 side, saying he has no intention of dropping him after his blunder resulted in the final goal of Australia's 3-2 loss to Holland .

"Timmy's out and at this stage it's doubtful that Bresc or Milligan will get up," Postecoglou told reporters after training on Saturday.

"They had a bit of a run today and I'll test them out tomorrow. But if I had to make a call I'd say it's unlikely that both of them will start. "

Spain have already made history of the wrong kind, becoming the first defending champions to be ruled out of contention after two games.

A third straight loss tomorrow to Australia will ensure they also become the first defending champions to exit the tournament without securing a point.








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