After making a brilliant debut for Australia earlier this year, we thought that Curtis Good would make the squad for next month’s World Cup in Brazil, but he’s one of the three players cut yesterday by manager Ange Postecoglou.
Curtis Good – in action for Australia against Ecuador
The 21 year-old is the future of Australia which is one reason we thought he would make the squad ,but it’s not to be, and he’s one of the three players cut from the squad of 30, and four will still need to be cut before the manager is down to his squad of 23.
Curtis Good, Adam Sarota and Josh Brillante are the ones who will miss out on the 27-man preliminary squad after just taking part in a two-week World Cup training camp on the Central Coast in New South Wales.
But it looks like the injury sustained by Good in his first game for Australia against Ecuador back in March, when he damaged his hip flexor, is the problem, and that’s the biggest surprise.
Postecoglou had this to say about Curtis:
“A couple of decisions were made mainly because just their bodies not being able to hold up,” “I’m super confident that all three will play a big part in the Socceroos future.”
“With Curtis we wanted to give him every chance,.” “To his credit he worked really hard and did everything the medical people wanted him to.”
“But we sort of had a time line in our heads and we tested him out a few days ago and he just couldn’t get back up to where he wanted to.”
“So the wise decision for him was to send him back home and get him to sort out his injury once and for all.” “That’s just how highly I rate him.”
“The next World Cup’s four years away. I think Curtis as he showed against Ecuador, if fit, he could have played a significant role in this World Cup so I wanted to give him every chance.”
“One thing we do know is that is probably still hasn’t been correctly treated,” “Even when he was back in the UK his build-up in training was good, but it was only when he tried to get really top speed at the highest intensity that his body broke down.”
“So he had three or four failed attempts which suggests to me it’s probably something he needs to deal with, and his club needs to deal with, a little more urgently now to really find out what the problem is.”
It seems that’s a big dig at how Newcastle have handled the injury, because he seemed to take a long time to recover, and now we know it’s still a problem.
Curtis was on loan at Dundee United this year where he played very well, but the Australia – Ecuador game was the very last game he played last season, so it’s now really important we get to the bottom of exactly what’s wrong with that hip of his.
Ange Postecoglou had this to say about the young Newcastle center-back after his Australia debut against Ecuador on March 5th:
“I thought Curtis was excellent,” “He’s one of the ones we wanted to expose at the highest level. and he was fantastic.” “He’s only 20 years old, he’s only played a handful of senior games, let alone internationals.”
“But you can’t tell me he’s not going to learn by playing against the likes of the players who played tonight.” “For the most part he was what I expected, he was composed, he made good clear decisions. He’s going to better for it.”
It’s a real pity for Curtis to miss out on Brazil next month, and it seemed he would have been a starter at center-back for Australia.
The 21 year-old will be deeply disappointed, but he’s still got his full career ahead of him – hopefully at Newcastle United.