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Cahill Keen to Play Despite Injury Doubt

Super Tim Cahill is determined to pull on the green and gold for the Socceroos’ upcoming World Cup clash against Qatar despite bruising his hip in Saturday’s FA Cup final.

Cahill limped from a tackle in the 6oth-minute when he clashed with Chelsea defender Alex.

Despite being affected, Everton’s star player finished the game and will undergo tests before flying out to join the Aussie squad in Dubai.

The Roos, who need just one point to qualify for the WC Finals in South Africa in June 2010, will face Qatar, Bahrain and Japan during next month’s Super-June football.

Verbeek has hinted that he would rest Cahill for the match against Qatar even before his latest injury setback but Cahill wants to play the 90 minutes.

“It was a bang on my hip. It’s quite sore. It was just holding me back a bit. I couldn’t really sprint or run, but you just deal with it, don’t you? It’s pretty sore, but you get loads of knocks, and just get on with it.”

Cahill said after the defeat that Everton needed to add quality to their side and retain the services of the current squad to build on their FA Cup experience.

The lack of injured talisman Mikel Arteta was particularly critical for Everton as they struggled to keep the ball throughout, leading to Cahill remaining on the periphery of the game.

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Published on June 1, 2009

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