Tim CahillMelbourne City star Tim Cahiil will be available for Saturday’s A-League clash against desperate Newcastle despite being named in the Socceroos squad for a World Cup qualifier next week.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou picked 37-year-old Cahill for crunch games against Iraq in Tehran next Thursday and the UAE in Sydney the following week despite concerns over his fitness and a lack of game time.
The squad will begin assembling in Tehran on Sunday, but Cahill and the other six n-based players will first be on deck for their A-League sides this weekend.
City host a Newcastle side desperate to keep their finals hopes alive.The Jets are eighth on22 points, three behind sixth-placed Wanderers with five games left. City are third on 33 and in a dogfight with Brisbane (33) and Perth (32) for hosting rights in the first week of the play-offs.
Cahill was an unused substitute against the Mariners in City’s most recent game, came off at half-time in a 3-1 loss to Sydney FC the previous week and played four minutes of a 5-1 victory over Wellington before that.
But Postecoglou, after surveying his paltry attacking options, kept faith with the veteran striker, who has 48 goals in 94 internationals.
Teenage Adelaide United midfielder Riley McGree is part of Postecoglou’s 23-man squad, but Nathan Burns and Alex Gersbach missed out.
Uncapped Sydney FC right back Rhyan Grant and goalkeeper Danny Vukovic, Perth’s Rhys Williams, Melbourne Victory’s James Troisi and Denmark-based Mustafa Amini also survived as Postecoglou trimmed the 30-man preliminary squad.
The others axed were Ryan Edwards, Craig Goodwin, Chris Ikonomidis, Awer Mabil and Matt McKay.
As expected, Switzerland-based striker Tomi Juric is in after further pressing his claim to spearhead ‘s attack with a third goal in as many games for FC Luzern last weekend.
Postecoglou also retained fellow forwards Mathew Leckie and Robbie Kruse.
On-notice defenders Trent Sainsbury and Brad Smith survived even though they sat on the sidelines yet again for Internazionale and Bournemouth last weekend, while Burns’ latest exclusion from FC Tokyo’s match-day squad added the final nail in his coffin this time.
: Amini, Aziz Behich, Cahill, Milos Degenek, Grant, Jackson Irvine, Mile Jedinak, James Jeggo, Juric, Kruse, Mitch Langerak, Leckie, Massimo Luongo, McGree, Mark Milligan, Aaron Mooy, Mathew Ryan, Sainsbury, Smith, Troisi, Vukovic, Williams, Bailey Wright.