Australia captain Lucas Neill will miss this weekend's friendly against Paraguay with a groin injury, football officials said Tuesday.
Neill, a defender with Turkey's Galatasaray, was due to lead Australia at Saturday's match in Sydney - the Socceroos' first domestic outing since a dismal FIFA World Cup campaign which saw them exit at the group stage. But Football Federation Australia (FFA) said the 32-year-old skipper had pulled out of the friendly after hurting his groin in a club match on Friday.
"After consultation with Lucas and his club after the weekend, Qantas Socceroos Head Coach Holger Osieck decided that Lucas would not be required in camp," the FFA said.
Osieck will not call up any extra players to the squad as cover, the statement said. Neill's Galatasaray team-mate and ex-Liverpool striker Harry Kewell has been named for the match, Osieck's first home game since he took the reins from Dutchman Pim Verbeek in August.
Injury-prone Kewell, 31, played just 25 minutes during the FIFA World Cup, where Australia bowed out at the group stage in the wake of a disastrous 4-0 opening match loss to Germany.
Everton's Tim Cahill and highly rated Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer are also among Osieck's 13 foreign-based players. The Socceroos (ranked 24th) have met Paraguay (17th) four times before and hold the advantage, with one win and three draws.