Striker Jamie Maclaren was holidaying in Dubai following the end of the Scottish Premier League season but has been summoned to Turkey, Australia’s training base for the FIFA World Cup, as a potential replacement of Tomi Juric in a last-minute call up. This comes as a light at the end of the tunnel for the striker who was shockingly omitted from the Socceroos’ preliminary World Cup squad.

Many people had been punting on the possibility of his inclusion in the Australian side. Talking about punting, FIFA World Cup in itself serves as a huge opportunity for football punters to score life-changing wins. Various reputed websites offer attractive World Cup betting offers to interested punters around this time. Do some research before putting your hard-earned cash and you can find some excellent offers, even free bets, to get you started on betting on this year’s most exciting sporting event. Just remember, it’s all about strategic betting so make sure you know the various teams and key players too.

 

Dream opportunity

Tomi Juric has been down with a knee injury for over a month, and this prompted their coach Bert van Marwijk to take another look at Maclaren, who’s been the most prolific Australian overseas striker in 2018.

Although Juric is not completely out of contention yet, his injury is serious enough for the coach to start looking for alternatives. This is the first time that Maclaren would get a chance to impress the Dutch coach having been sidelined during March friendlies against Colombia and Norway.

Impressive run in past seasons

The striker has scored 8 goals in total in all the competitions he appeared for Hibernian since January this year. This opportunity comes as a lifeline for him and if he does well enough to impress the coach, he might make it to the final 23-man side scheduled to be announced on June 4.

He will now be playing in Australia’s recently-confirmed friendly match against Czech Republic on June 1, in Austria.

van Marwijk’s take

Talking to the press van Marwijk said, “Tomi Juric has had a knee issue over the last three weeks which is being monitored by our medical team. We hope that Tomi will be able to train and play this week, but his recovery might also take longer. That is why we have decided to bring in Jamie Maclaren now so that he also has a fair chance to display his qualities before the final 23 player squad must be announced.”

Despite having had a successful run in the club football for almost 3 seasons now, Maclaren has found it hard to make a place for himself in the international side. The 24-year old player has appeared for Australia on only 5 occasions since debuting in 2016. He didn’t feature in any of the Australia’s past 6 international football matches.

On loan to Hibs from German second-tier side Darmstad, Maclaren scored an impressive hat-trick against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership season’s final match, only after getting the news that he had been omitted from the Socceroos’ World Cup squad.

On Tomi Juric

Tomi Juric on the other hand hasn’t played for almost one month now and missed the last 5 games for FC Luzern, the Swiss side he plays for. He is restricted to only light training for now, and his absence means a major blow to the Socceroos side. Furthermore, Aussies have many other issues to tackle and have been speculating about all kinds of Socceroos scenarios in the upcoming tournament.

Juric has been a regular in Australia side, dating back to the Confederations Cup last year, and started in 7 out of the past 11 matches.

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