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Trio withdraw from Australia's Korea Republic friendly

Harry Kewell, David Carney and Luke Wilkshire have all withdrawn from Saturday's international friendly against Korea Republic in Seoul. Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek said all players had valid reasons for pulling out from international duty.

Kilmarnock's Danny Invincibile, who is uncapped for the Australian team, also withdrew from the squad.

"Harry played 30 minutes for Galatasaray last night and scored a goal when he came on as a substitute, but his ankle is not 100 per cent," Verbeek said from Seoul.

"As a result it is not worth the risk of bringing Harry to Korea for the match and it is better that he receives treatment instead.

"Also, last week David Carney signed with a new club (FC Twente) in a new country (Netherlands) so it is more important that he settles into his new environment and start playing regular club football again.

"In terms of Luke Wilkshire, he has played plenty of football in the previous two months and unfortunately for Danny Invincibile, he picked up a back injury last week and it was not advisable for him to travel by plane for such a long time as part of his recovery process."

Andrew Slevison
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