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Kennedy out of crunch AFC Champions League match

15 May 2012 06:06

Nagoya Grampus' striker Josh Kennedy is out of their AFC Champions League clash with Australian club Central Coast Mariners with a back problem.

The big Australian has battled the complaint in recent weeks but played almost a whole game in Saturday's J-League win over Vissel Kobe.

However, Nagoya boss Dragan Stojkovic told reporters Kennedy would not face the Mariners in the clash, where the winner will progress to the knockout stage.

"Kennedy will not be in the team tomorrow. There is some problems with his condition. I respect his decision, so he will be out," Stojkovic said.

South Korean side Seongnam, who host bottom-placed Tianjin Teda in their final game, top Group G on seven points, ahead of Nagoya on goal difference, while the Mariners are third on six points.

"Tomorrow is an important and interesting game because both teams have a chance. Winning the game is the most important thing for tomorrow," Stojkovic said.

The Mariners have not played a competitive game since they thrashed Tianjin 5-1 in matchday five, following the conclusion of their A-League season.

Central Coast coach Graham Arnold said he hoped that would enable his side to be fresh for the must-win encounter despite the absence of Oliver Bozanic, Troy Hearfield (both injury) and Pedj Bojic (suspension).

"In our last performance we beat Tianjin 5-1 and the players were extremely fresh and fit and we have worked hard on the training ground with a friendly in between to get ready for tomorrow night," Arnold said.

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Competition
AFC Champions League
Date
15 May 2012
Game week
6
Kick-off
12:00
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
3 - 0

Goals

K. Tamada 19'  
1 - 0
J. Fujimoto 35'
(assist by Y. Ogawa) 
2 - 0
M. Tanaka 87'
(assist by K. Nagai) 
3 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4 87'
32
5
6
8 35' 40'
25
14 20'
10
35
11 19'
Coach: D. Stojković

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
18
28
34
20
22
38
50
# Player Bookings
9
27 64'
25
15
20
22
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