The group stage of the 2019 Asian Cup is over, but there have been plenty of talking points from the competition so far. Here are five things.
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Mathew Leckie is back in full training and his impending return of is set to deliver a massive boost to Australia's Asian Cup campaign.
The Matildas winger was felled while contesting a header for Portland in the U.S. in August and doubted at first whether she would ever walk again.
Japan are out to win their group in the Asian Cup, but not due to any fear of meeting defending champions Australia in the knockout stage.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold remains hopeful attacker Andrew Nabbout will still feature in Australia's Asian Cup campaign.
It was not a pretty display at the back and a last-minute winner was needed, but the Socceroos are through to the last 16 of the Asian Cup.
For a long time Chris Ikonomidis has been a highly rated prospect in Australian football -- now the 23-year-old is delivering on that potential.
For a team tipped to struggle for goals, Australia's strikers showed their worth against Palestine in Dubai on Friday.
Socceroo Milos Degenek has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with Saudi Arabian powerhouse club Al Hilal.
Australia's Asian Cup campaign is finally under way after a comfortable 3-0 win over Palestine in Dubai.
Tom Rogic is a doubt for Australia's second Asian Cup group game against Palestine on Friday due to a hand injury, Rene Meulensteen has said.
Socceroos assistant coach Rene Meulensteen insists that Australia must adapt to the defensive style of their Asian Cup opponents.
Jamie Maclaren struggled as Australia started their Asian Cup title defence in their worst possible way with a shock 1-0 defeat to Jordan on Sunday.
Defending AFC Asian Cup champions Australia were beaten 1-0 by Jordan in their opening group match of the 2019 tournament.
The most noticeable difference for the Socceroos from the loss to Jordan last Sunday was the quality of delivery as Chris Ikonomidis impressed.
While the newly-expanded Asian Cup format will have 24 teams, expect to see one of the traditional powerhouses lift the trophy in Abu Dhabi.
Australia's Asian Cup squad has several big names missing but the Socceroos are still expected to mount a challenge to retain the trophy.
Australia have named striker Apostolos Giannou in their Asian Cup squad as a replacement for injured winger Martin Boyle.
The Socceroos' Asian Cup defence has been rocked by a tournament-ending knee injury to promising winger Martin Boyle.
Australia cruised to a 5-0 friendly win over Oman but it still leaves plenty of issues for new coach Graham Arnold about his first-choice XI.
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says Tom Rogic has put his disappointment at missing Celtic's Old Firm derby clash with Rangers behind him.
Arnold says he doesn't have a timeline for Mathew Leckie's Asian Cup availability with the injured winger no certainty to take part.
Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy has been ruled out of the 2019 Asian Cup through injury, the Socceroos confirmed on Monday.
Left-out midfielder James Troisi has whacked Graham Arnold for his Asian Cup selection, declaring the squad was "not picked on performance."
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