Geria set to leave Victory
Melbourne Victory are set to lose Australia international defender Jason Geria to Japan.
The 24-year-old is discussing personal terms with J2 League club JEF United, after Victory agreed a fee of around $1million for him. The right-back is on the brink of leaving after six years with Victory, having played 103 games for the club.
Coach Kevin Muscat left him out of the starting team for Friday's 2-1 derby win over Melbourne City but embraced him as he came on with 30 minutes left.
The full back also stayed long after the final whistle to recognise the fans, in a sign of his looming departure.
Muscat said: "He's certainly had a big contribution tonight and it typifies the contribution he's made to the football club. Leading into the game, that decision - whether to start Jason or not - (we were) planning without him.
"All I can say at the moment is the football club has agreed terms and the rest is going to have to play out."
Geria was first called up to the Socceroos by Ange Postecoglou in March 2016 for two World Cup qualification games against Tajikistan and Jordan, but didn't see any game time.
Postecoglou picked him for two home friendlies against Greece in June 2016 and he started in the first match.
Meanwhile, Muscat is hopeful of being able to include Dutch winger Leroy George for Wednesday's Asian Champions League clash with Kawasaki Frontale. The 30-year-old was taken off against City with tight hamstrings, after scoring the winner.
"He was feeling both sides, both hamstrings which is normally a good sign. We'll have to assess him and have a look at him," added the coach. "If it is cramp, if it is a little bit of soreness, he'll travel."
Meanwhile, Australia are 9/2 to qualify from their group at the World Cup.
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