Mark Viduka and Craig Moore, two of Australia’s stalwarts from the last World Cup in Germany, continue to refuse to commit to South Africa 2010.
But Pim Verbeek’s confident progress in charge of the Pkv Poker Socceroos is allaying fears Australia still rely on a handful of big name players to advance their international cause.
Viduka’s greatest concern is a long-standing Achilles tendon injury.
He surprised many by meeting up with the Australia squad in Brisbane ahead of their 4-0 cakewalk against Qatar, but Viduka’s long-term Socceroos future wasn’t on the agenda according Verbeek.
The Dutchman still takes Viduka’s word of last April when, on a whistlestop trip around Europe, Viduka promised he’d play a part in South Africa.
Verbeek added that the fact Viduka simply turned up in Brisbane – despite not being named in a 35-man extended training party – was proof enough of his national team commitment.
However, Viduka was primarily back home to gauge a second opinion on his troublesome injury from Socceroos medical staff, a problem which reportedly will not require surgery and might see him playing again in the English Premier League this season.
“It’s a step-by-step process to play for Australia and the first stage is to get back playing for my club again,” Viduka told the Australian press. “I don’t want to rush anything.
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