Socceroos talisman Tim Cahill will make the trip to San Pedro Sula for Australia’s World Cup play-off first-leg match against Honduras.
There were concerns the 37-year-old would miss the Honduras leg of the tie due to an ankle injury picked up while playing for Melbourne City on Friday night, but Football Federation Australia announced on Sunday morning he would leave a day later than the rest of the squad.
The rest of the players will leave today.
The FFA said Cahill had been cleared of a fracture on Saturday, but would require continued assessment and treatment before any decision would be made about his availability for the match in San Pedro Sula next Saturday (AEDT).
“Cahill’s delayed departure to Honduras is part of the monitoring and rehabilitation process that has been put in place for an ankle injury that the Melbourne City FC attacker sustained on Friday night while playing in the Hyundai A-League,” the FFA said in a statement.
Cahill was forced off in the first half at AAMI Park after landing awkwardly when attempting to hurdle Sydney FC defender Jordi Buijs and was whisked away to hospital for scans.
The FFA also confirmed forward Robbie Kruse would not travel to Honduras due to injury, but would join the squad in Sydney along with Mathew Leckie and Mark Milligan, who are suspended for the first leg.
The home-and-away tie with concludes in Sydney on November 15.
Australia squad for two-leg play-off
- Goalkeepers: Mitchell Langerak (Levante, Spain), Mat Ryan (Brighton, England), Danny Vukovic (Genk, Belgium).
- Defenders: Aziz Behich (Bursaspor, Turkey), Milos Degenek (Yokohama Marinos, Japan), Alex Gersbach (Rosenborg, Norway), Craig Goodwin (Sparta Rotterdam, Netherlands), Matthew Jurman (Suwon, South Korea), Ryan McGowan (Al Sharjah, UAE), Josh Risdon (Western Sydney Wanderers), Trent Sainsbury (Jiangsu Suning, China), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, England).
- Midfielders: Jackson Irvine (Hull City, England), Mile Jedinak (Aston Villa, England), James Jeggo (Sturm Graz, Austria), Massimo Luongo (QPR, England), Mark Milligan (Melbourne Victory), Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield Town, England), Tom Rogic (Celtic, Scotland), James Troisi (Melbourne Victory).
- Attackers: Tim Cahill (Melbourne City), Tom Juric (Luzern, Switzerland), Robbie Kruse (Bochum, Germany), Mathew Leckie (Hertha Berlin, Germany), Nikita Rukavytsya (Maccabi Haifa, Israel).