Australia's goalkeeper Jones leaves squad ahead of World Cup

09:15, June 07, 2010      

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Australia's backup goalkeeper Brad Jones left the squad to return home because of an illness in his family and could miss the World Cup.

The Australian football federation said on Sunday that it has asked FIFA for permission to replace Jones in the squad, but added that there is still a possibility the Middlesbrough goalkeeper will return in time for the tournament.

Australian newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported that Jones' 4-year-old son Luca has been diagnosed with leukemia.

While the deadline for selecting players has passed, FIFA could grant Australia permission to call in another player if Jones decides to skip the tournament.

His likely replacement would be Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, who was cut from the provisional squad.

Source:Xinhua

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