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Katanec drops Saad Abdul-Amir for Asian Cup camp

Iraq manager Srečko Katanec has announced the 28 players that will travel to Qatar for Iraq's preparation camp ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup. Saad Abdul-Amir and Brwa Nouri have both been overlooked which has surprised many including the Iraq FA president Abdul-Khaliq Masoud himself. The final 23-man squad for the tournament is expected to be announced towards the end of this month.

GK: Jalal Hassan, Mohammed Gassid, Mohammed Hameed, Fahad Talib
DF: Waleed Salem, Sameh Saeed, Alaa Mhawi, Ahmed Ibrahim, Ali Faez, Rebin Sulaka, Ahmed Abdul-Ridha, Saad Natiq, Ali Adnan, Frans Dhia Putros
MF: Humam Tariq, Ahmed Yasin, Safaa Hadi, Bashar Rasan, Osama Rashid, Amjad Attwan, Mahdi Kamel, Hussein Ali, Ali Husni
FW: Mohanad Ali, Mohanad Abdul-Raheem, Ayman Hussein, Mohammed Dawood, Alaa Abbas

Justin Meram to miss Asian Cup through injury

Iraq forward Justin Meram has announced that he will not be able to compete at the upcoming Asian Cup after suffering a long-term injury. The MLS star joins defender Mustafa Nadhim on the Lions of Mesopotamia's injury list and his absence will be a big blow to their chances of success in January.

Iraqi clubs return to Asia's premier competition

Al-Zawraa are set to become the first Iraqi club to compete in the group stage of the AFC Champions League since 2008 as the AFC announced that Iraq's two continental representatives have passed the competition's licensing criteria. AFC Cup holders Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya can also reach the group stage if they overcome Pakhtakor and Al-Nasr in the qualifying rounds.

Lions to face China and Palestine in friendlies

Iraq will face China on 24 December and Palestine on 28 December in friendly games ahead of the 2019 Asian Cup. Both games will take place in Qatar as the 2007 champions look to put the final touches on preparations for Asia's showpiece competition where they will play Iran, Vietnam and Yemen.

Iraq vs. China
Friendly Match
Venue: Doha, Qatar
24 December 2018
Time: TBC

Iraq vs. Palestine
Friendly Match
Venue: Doha, Qatar
28 December 2018
Time: TBC

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Last Updated On 11/12/2018 At 01:54 GMT