2022 FIFA World Cup: Martin Boyle injury | Australia v France

Australia have dealt a blow on the eve of the FIFA World Cup with striker Martin Boyle ruled out of the tournament after failing to overcome a knee injury.

Melbourne City striker Marco Tilo has been added to the Socceroos’ 26-man squad as a replacement for Boyle, who was injured in a match with Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership three weeks ago.

In positive Socceroos news, midfielder Ajdin Hrustic has been cleared to play in the Socceroos tournament opener against France on Wednesday morning (AEDT).

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“Devastating news for Martin and his family,” Socceroos coach Graham Arnold said.

“We pretty much knew it would be a touch-and-go when we selected him… we were probably 80-20 that Boyle would have been out, but we had to give him the last chance to try and get in. form, especially because of the sacrifices and everything he did during the whole campaign.

Socceroos striker Martin Boyle has been ruled out of the FIFA World Cup after failing to overcome an injury battle. (Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

“Boyle has been so important throughout this campaign – he’s probably been one of our best players.

“But the medical staff did everything they could. Yesterday was pretty much the last chance and it didn’t go well.

“Martin is in good spirits. He’s going to stay here and be a part of it again. He brings such great energy to camp.

“Now it’s about preparing the rest of the players.”

Hrustic was also racing against time after injuring his ankle in a match with Hellas Verona in the Italian Serie A.

Arnold said Hrustic will not start against France but will be used off the bench and will be available for the Socceroos’ upcoming games against Tunisia and Denmark.

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