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Australia should be boosted by the return of captain Mile Jedinak, after the Crystal Palace skipper missed the past two games due to injury.

""It's going to be great to have him back,"" Australia coach Ang Postecoglou said Wednesday. ""He's our most influential player when he's out there and I'm sure it will give all the other players a lift.""

Several key players who were rested for the loss to South Korea in the last group-stage game are also in the frame to return in Brisbane: Tim Cahill, Robbie Kruse and Matthew Leckie. Those players should help Australia get back to the attacking potency that saw the Socceroos score four goals in each of their first two games before drawing a blank against the Koreans.

China should have captain Zheng Zhi available despite the back injury he sustained against North Korea; a game the Chinese won to complete a perfect group stage of three wins from three games. However there is concern over the availability of central defender Zhang Linpang James Conner Womens Jersey , who has a calf strain. China coach Alain Perrin said it will likely be a game-day decision on whether Zhang can play. With Australian attacking duo Cahill and Tomi Juric posing a strong aerial threat, China can ill afford to lose its defensive lynchpin.

China has the edge in recent contests against Australia, winning two and drawing one of the past three meetings, and did have the better group-stage record JuJu Smith-Schuster Womens Jersey , but Postecoglou dismissed that.

""You don't get an extra chance just because you won your three group games,"" Postecoglou said. ""The previous records are now extinguished ... even the ones that have won their three games, they won't be sitting any more comfortably in this phase.""


South Korea topped Group A by beating Australia 1-0 in the last game, making the Koreans one of four teams to complete pool play with a perfect record. It also maintained a flawless defensive record T. J. Watt Womens Jersey , having kept a clean sheet in all three games. The defensive strength has, however, been a requirement rather than a bonus, as the team only scored three goals in the group stage Le'Veon Bell Womens Jersey , despite boasting creative talent such as Bayer Leverkusen's Son Heung-min. The lack of attacking coherence may in

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