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Farina praises Moore’s commitment

Roar coach Frank Farina still believes in the Queensland skipper playing very soon and denied he’d played his last game for Australia.

“Not at all, it just depends on what course of treatment if any Craig has to go through, but it’s not going to change him as a player,” the Roar coach said.

“When he comes back and gets on the park, which I know he’s desperate to do already, it will be the same Craig Moore, it won’t affect his playing style at all.

“I wouldn’t imagine it would affect his (place in the) national team.

“As long as Craig Moore is playing good football I’m sure he’ll be one of the first ones in the national squad.

“Craig thinks he’s going to play in two weeks and with that sort of attitude I can’t see him being out for too long.”

Moore’s eight-month international hiatus was largely due to his doubts about whether his fitness would hold up over a long A-League off-season.

But his strong start to the 2008-09 season and a renewed hunger to play top-level football has him aiming for the 2010 World Cup.

“Craig is in the best shape physically that I’ve seen in many years,” Farina said.

“Once he gets the green light it won’t take him long to get back into the rhythm of things.

“He’s a fighter, it’s as simple as that and he’ll fight this through.”

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Published on November 13, 2008

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