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Aussie forward Tim Cahill hoping to be fit to face Honduras

Aussie forward Tim Cahill hoping to be fit to face Honduras


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Tim Cahill peaks in the big moments, and there’s a big moment coming up for Australia’s national soccer team.

Cahill has been something of a lucky charm for the Socceroos since they ended a decades-long drought by qualifying for the 2006 World Cup with an intercontinental playoff win over Uruguay.

He then scored in Australia’s first World Cup game in 32 years – a comeback win over Japan in Germany – and was a key member of the teams that played at the World Cups in 2010 and 2014.

Australia captain Tim Cahill, left, warms during a training session at the Francisco Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Australia and Honduras will face for the first leg of the World Cup playoff on Friday. (AP Photo)

Now 37 and living back in Australia – after stints in England, the United States and China – Cahill is still in the squad, hoping to shake off an injury to help the Socceroos win an intercontinental playoff against Honduras and qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.

It was Cahill’s two goals in the return match of the Asian playoff against Syria that helped Australia squeak into the two-leg series against Honduras.

Cahill arrived in San Pedro Sula walking freely despite concerns before he left Australia that a right ankle injury sustained in a league match last weekend would put him out of Friday’s game at Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

Australia’s all-time leading scorer with 50 goals played the ambassadorial role immediately, praising the host country and its people to make amends for some negative commentary in the Australian media, before turning his attention to the game.

Before he left Australia, Cahill said it was worth the risk to travel rather than continue his rehabilitation at home ahead of the return leg in Sydney on Nov. 15 „because it’s probably 2girls1cup site website here ici thanks you john anna girls one cup two girls two girl 1 cup www 2girls1cup.xyz http://2girls1cup.xyz http://www.2girls1cup.xyz site internet 2girls1 cup of the most important couple of weeks in Australian soccer coming up.“

„I take it so seriously because it could be my last few games for the Socceroos,“ he said.

Cahill’s right ankle was the most discussed joint in Australia in the intervening days.

Some critics said the trip would do him more harm than good, but former Australia goalkeeper and now TV analyst Mark Bosnich contrasted that by summing up the general mood about the importance of Cahill’s presence around the squad.

„He is their spiritual leader. He’s not the captain, but he’s their spiritual leader,“ Bosnich said. „It lifts them when he’s on the pitch, but (even if he can’t play) he needs to be around them. If there’s a 1 percent chance he can play for his country, he’ll do it.“

After stepping off the long flight, Cahill said he’s ready to play whenever he’s needed.

„I can’t promise anything. All I can promise is I’m working hard,“ he said. „It’s my country. I’m very proud and I’ll do anything possible to be available.“

Australia captain Tim Cahill warms up during a training session at the Francisco Morazan Stadium in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. Australia and Honduras will face for the first leg of the World Cup playoff on Friday. (AP Photo)