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Cahill to play despite foot problems

Socceroo Tim Cahill insists he can manage a minor foot injury and expects to play a full match in the World Cup qualifier on Wednesday.

His Everton club manager, David Moyes, had suggested on Monday that his midfield star should not make himself available for national team duty due to a heel injury.

Moyes went as far as saying Cahill may require surgery but Cahill says the problem is merely a “niggle” that he has been playing through and is not related to his previous metatarsal, which he broke last year.

“My metatarsal is brilliant now but I’ve got other little niggles that you pick up from coming back from such a long spell out,” said Cahill.

“But it’s just one of those things that I’ve learned to deal with and maintain it well over the last month or so.”

Cahill took a pain-killing injection prior to Everton’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough on Sunday and Moyes once again voiced his objections to Cahill’s representative duties.

Despite the concerns of his club coach Cahill remains committed to Australia’s World Cup cause.

“Obviously he’s not going to be very happy with me playing when I’ve got a few niggles and things,” the midfielder said.

“The club does come first, they pay my wages, but this is a World Cup qualifier and I think it’s one of the most important games of our group.

“I’m always happy to play 90 minutes, for Australia or Everton.” Cahill said.

Cahill’s commitment becomes even more critical considering Scott McDonald, Brett Emerton, Vince Grella, Craig Moore, Matthew Spiranovic and Mark Milligan have been ruled out of the squad due to injury or illness.

Australia play Bahrain in on Wednesday night (0200 Thursday AEDT) at the Bahrain National Stadium.

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Published on November 18, 2008

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