Socceroos Watch: Massimo Luongo's big club call before World Cup

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The Aussie has Russia on his mind

Desperate to make a mark for the Socceroos at the World Cup in Russia, midfielder Massimo Luongo has arranged to cut short his season with English Championship side Queens Park Rangers.

Luongo took to social media to announce that he will sit out QPR's remaining two league games as part of preparation for the World Cup in June.

The Australian made 39 appearances for the club this season, scoring six goals, the third most at the club, and assisting three others with the side sitting 16th.

Safe from relegation but without a hope of promotion, Luongo's decision to sit out the remainder of the season won't have any negative impact on the club but does cast speculation over his future there.

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Into his third season with QPR, Luongo has been linked to interest from Premier League side Crystal Palace and La Liga club Malaga with this decision doing nothing to squash speculation he could be on the move. 

Luongo has played 33 times for the Socceroos and after not playing a minute at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is clearly keen for a bigger involvement in Russia.

He faces stiff competition in midfield however with Aaron Mooy, Jackson Irvine and Mile Jedinak among those vying for two spots in the centre of the park. 

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