Socceroos captain Mat Ryan attacked by FC Copenhagen teammate Kamil Grabara

Mat Ryan’s World Cup campaign is suddenly in doubt over extraordinary comments from his FC Copenhagen teammate and goalkeeping rival.

Socceroos boss Graham Arnold has made no secret of his demand for Aussie stars to be getting regular top-tier game time as he prepares to finalise his best XI for Australia’s World Cup opener against France in Qatar on November 23.

In an extraordinary turn of events, Ryan has found himself dumped to the bench for his Danish club after a series of outbursts from the team’s other goalkeeper Kamil Grabara, who is from Poland.

Grabara has sensationally gone public to reveal Ryan is not his friend as they jostle for the position as the team’s No. 1 shot-stopper.

Following Grabara’s explosive comments, Ryan has missed the team’s previous two matches.

It is a nightmare for the 30-year-old Aussie who made the move to Denmark in order to get regular first-team football at club level after being benched by Spanish side Real Sociedad.

It comes at a time when the battle for the Socceroos goalkeeping position is red hot with Arnold last month bringing Mitch Langerak out of international retirement to join Andrew Redmayne in the Socceroos squad.

The battle is just as hot at Copenhagen with Grabara making no attempt to hide his dislike of the Socceroos captain. Grabara was the team’s top keeper last year before a long-term injury — and he clearly wants his job back.

“I don’t comment on my teammates’ performances – this applies especially when I haven’t been in the games,” Grabara told Danish outlet Tipsbladet last week.

“I can only repeat what I have already said – I just have to state that there is a reason why we are in ninth place in the Superliga and that the goals have poured in. It speaks for itself.

“I don’t see any competition for the goalkeeper position. I have every reason to believe that I am the first goalkeeper at FC Copenhagen.

“For some reason we’ve got a new head coach and for some reason we’ve conceded close to the same number of goals as we did all last season. That’s how it is in football. I’m not going to live in the past, but if I sat on the bench at FCK last season and could look at a goalkeeper who performed the way I did, I had to accept that I wasn’t going to play.

“If a team performs while you are absent, you have to accept that you may have to wait to get the chance again, but I can state that FCK is number nine [on the table].”

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