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Australia’s Cahill fit for Honduras showdown

Sydney: Veteran talisman Tim Cahill said on Monday he had recovered from an ankle injury and was fit to play for Australia in this week's World Cup play-off with Honduras in Sydney.

The country’s all-time leading scorer remained on the bench during the goalless first leg in San Pedro Sula on Friday, but said he was expecting to make an appearance in Wednesday's do-or-die match to qualify for Russia 2018.

And the 103-cap forward said he would be ready to start if called upon by coach Ange Postecoglou.

“If I had to play in Honduras I definitely would have made a contribution,” said Cahill.

"That's what it's all about, putting your body on the line and sacrificing for these two games, for such a big occasion for our country to qualify for a fourth consecutive World Cup.

"I'm feeling really good. It was awesome to train in Honduras and get two sessions in so I feel great. I feel like I'm going to be involved and it's all about Wednesday night."

Cahill, at 37, remains an indispensable member of the Socceroos. His two headed goals earned Australia a 2-1 victory over Syria in Sydney last month to set up the intercontinental playoff with Honduras.

"We always respect our opponent but from the performance we've seen in Honduras, I feel the team is ready to put in a good performance," he said.

Attacker Mathew Leckie, who did not make the long trip to Honduras because of a hamstring injury, has also declared his availability for the Sydney return leg.

 

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