Cahill’s World Cub dream alive de­spite ham­string in­jury

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Aus­tralia mid­fielder Tim Cahill will be out for two weeks af­ter a ham­string in­jury proved less se­ri­ous than thought, his club man­ager said, end­ing fears the in­jury could force him out of the World Cup.

The 34-year-old Cahill was forced off in the 29th minute of the New York Red Bulls’ Ma­jor League Soc­cer clash against Chivas USA at the weekend.

It was ini­tially feared that he had torn his ham­string, which would have left him rac­ing to be fit for the June 12-July 13 global show­piece.

Tests on Mon­day, how­ever, con­firmed it was only a strain and Red Bulls man­ager Mike Petke hoped to have him back in two weeks.

“What were look­ing at is a mild ham­string strain,” Petke told the team’s web­site yes­ter­day.

“I could say that I hope to have him back in two weeks, but for now, it looks like he will be out next weekend with a ham­string strain.

“From the con­ver­sa­tions I’ve had with our med­i­cal depart­ment, it is not a tear.

“It’s def­i­nitely a strain and with Tim we all know, you say he’ll be back in three weeks, he’ll be back in a week and a half, you say he’ll be back in six weeks, he’ll be back in four.”

The lack of se­ri­ous in­jury will be wel­come news to Soc­ceroos coach Ange Postecoglou as he fi­nalises his squad ahead of the tour­na­ment in Brazil.

He is al­ready miss­ing for­ward Rob­bie Kruse, who dam­aged his an­te­rior cru­ci­ate lig­a­ment in train­ing with his Bun­desliga club Bayer Lev­erkusen, while de­fender Rhys Wil­liams, who tore his Achilles while play­ing for English Cham­pi­onship (sec­ond tier) side Middlesbrough, and is a se­ri­ous doubt.

Aus­tralia open their Group B cam­paign against Chile on June 13 be­fore fac­ing 2010 fi­nal­ists the Nether­lands five days later and then world cham­pi­ons Spain on June 23.

Tim Cahill of Aus­tralia in ac­tion dur­ing the 2010 FIFA World Cup Asian qual­i­fy­ing match be­tween Ja­pan and Aus­tralia at Nis­san Sta­dium on Fe­bru­ary 11, 2009

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