Portsmouth winger Ryan Williams has been left out of the Australia squad for their World Cup 2022 qualifiers against Nepal and Chinese Taipei, as reported by The News Portsmouth.
While this will likely feel like a blow for the 25-year-old, it could turn out to be a boost for Portsmouth, who already have Craig MacGillivray, Ronan Curtis and Ross McCrorie away with Scotland, Republic of Ireland and Scotland Under-21s respectively.
Kenny Jackett has insisted that Pompey will do their best to play their fixture against Gillingham, rather than postponing it, so having Williams available could make this more likely to happen.
Williams made his debut for Australia, and his only appearance to date, when he came on for the final 17 minutes of a 1-0 friendly loss at the hands of South Korea in June 2019, as per TransferMarkt.
However, he has not been selected this time around, having recently recovered from a hip injury.
The 25-year-old has managed three appearances across League One and the Carabao Cup since returning from injury, starting the games against Burton Albion, Southampton and Bolton Wanderers.
With Williams’ inclusion, it can be argued that the only international player who will be truly missed from Pompey’s point of view is MacGillivray.
If Jackett has faith in Alex Bass to play him against Gillingham, then the game could very much be on.
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