Australia defender Brad Smith to miss Confederations Cup with injury

SYDNEY -- Australia defender Brad Smith has been ruled out of the Confederations Cup after injuring his hamstring in a World Cup qualifier against Saudi Arabia.

Football Federation Australia on Sunday said Smith's place in the squad will be taken by Alex Gersbach, who will join the team in Russia.

Smith, who plays for Bournemouth in the Premier League, will also miss Tuesday's friendly against Brazil.

"It is not a serious injury, but the recovery time required for Brad to get back onto the pitch made it difficult for him to be ready for the bulk of this period," Australia coach Ange Postecoglou said. "He is better off returning to the UK to start his rehab."

Smith was replaced at half-time in Australia's 3-2 win over Saudi Arabia last week.

The Socceroos will play Brazil in Melbourne and then head to Europe, where they start their Confederations Cup campaign against Germany on June 19 at Sochi.