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McKay confident Brisbane Roar will not miss him next month

Brisbane Roar captain Matt McKay is of firm belief that the club can deal without his potential absence during January. The midfielder, who is in stellar form this season, is a big chance to be called into Holger Osieck's 23-man Australian squad for the Asian Cup in Qatar but insists the league-leading Roar have enough good players to cover him if he does get picked.

"If I do go (to Qatar), they will be fine," McKay told the Coutrier-Mail.

"Mitch (Nichols) has been doing great, Massimo (Murdocca) has had a bit of a rest now and has come on always in that last half and been different . . . we'll be fine in the midfield."

And Roar coach Ange Postecoglou was confident that McKay could mix it with Asia's best if eh was given the chance.

"He's definitely been one of the best midfielders in the A-League," Postecoglou said.

"The way he's been playing there's no reason why he can't transfer that to the Socceroos.

"It's going to be a pretty hard series of games in extreme conditions over there, so Matty's fitness and his work-rate would come in handy."

Andrew Slevison
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