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Boyle ruled out for Australia at the World Cup due to injury

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DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Australian winger Martin Boyle has been ruled out of the World Cup because of a knee injury.

The team announced that Marco Tilio will take his place in the Socceroos’ 26-man roster.

Boyle, who plays for Scottish league team Hibernian, was injured around three weeks ago and was unable to train with Australia ahead of the tournament in Qatar.

The 29-year-old posted a statement on his Instagram on Sunday. announcing that he will serve as the “mood manager” for the Socceroos.

“I’m not really sure I can put this into words, how heartbroken I am to withdraw from the World Cup squad. I gave it my all to stay in shape and unfortunately it wasn’t like that this time!” Boyle wrote. “Extremely proud to have been selected and to have played my part in qualifying for the tournament. Grateful to have stayed in the camp and show my full support to the guys on and off the pitch and live through the World Cup!

Tilio, 21, plays for Melbourne City in Australia. He has been training with the team in Doha.

“We all feel sorry for Martin and it is a cruel blow to him on the eve of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar,” manager Graham Arnold said in a statement. “He has been an integral part of our journey to Qatar and we thank him for all he has given the Socceroos during this campaign.”

Australia opens the World Cup on Tuesday with a Group D match against defending champions France.

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AP World Cup coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/world-cup and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports

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