It’s highly unlikely that Tim Cahill will go on the pitch as Australia enter the World Cup playoff against Honduras this week, but his presence in the dressing room could make a big difference.
Cahill travelled to San Pedro Sula, delaying his departure by 24 hours to get ample time to recover after sustaining right ankle injury while playing for Melbourne City against Sydney in the A-League.
Medical result has shown that the Australia’s record-scorer is safe from serious damage. However, this does not mean he will be allowed to feature on Friday’s game.
Nevertheless, by having Cahill in the camp, this might potentially uplift the spirits of the team. Besides, the 37-year-old forward has always been there when Australia overcame Uruguay over two legs to book their first World Cup finals’ place in 32 years.
“I’ve been on the phone two weeks prior with [captain]Mile Jedinak, just speaking about how it was when we were in Uruguay [in 2005],” Cahill told reporters on Monday before flying off.
“It’s going to be pretty much an eye-opener for these guys. It’ll be a bit different, not being in this sort of situation before.”
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