Australia's defensive stocks for upcoming World Cup qualifiers have been boosted by Bailey Wright's maximum minutes for his club Bristol City.
The Socceroo, who captains the lowly English Championship side, played all 90 minutes of Wednesday's (Thursday morning AEDT) 2-0 home loss to Fulham.
The 24-year-old Wright has played every minute in his nine appearances for the Robins since joining from Preston North End in January.
He's one of the few Socceroos defenders gaining regular game time, with Inter Milan's Trent Sainsbury and China-based Matthew Spiranovic on the sidelines in recent weeks.
Australia play two World Cup qualifiers next month, meeting Iraq in Tehran on March 23 and the UAE in Sydney five days later.
But Wright's move to Bristol City appears increasingly risky as they sit two points above the second-tier relegation zone after the Fulham loss with about a quarter of the season remaining.
They next meet league-leaders Newcastle at St James' Park.