Cahill still a chance for Australia

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Australia’s star midfielder Tim Cahill is still a chance for the Aussie friendly with Germany on Tuesday night at Moenchengladbach, despite limping off the pitch for Everton on the weekend.

Cahill was substituted in the 69th minute of his return for Everton with a calf problem, and fitness tests are still being done on the midfielder to make sure he is fit enough to play for his international side.

Everton manager David Moyes said at the time that Cahill was only taken off for precaution.

"Tim was feeling it a little bit so we thought it wise to bring him off," Moyes told reporters.


"We missed him because his presence in both penalty boxes is a big part of his game and we could have done with him."

Cahill suffered a foot injury three weeks ago that put him out of the Everton squad, but the star returned to start against Fulham, where the Toffees won 2-1.

No Australian could forget the opening World Cup game for the Socceroos last year, where Germany won 4-0 and Time Cahill received a red card for what was hardly a malitious tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger.

For Australians at the game and back home, the result was basically a nightmare that would eventually contribute to Australia’s failure to progress to the round of 16 stage like they did in 2006.

The Socceroos are looking to show Germany that their performance in Durban was a one off, and Cahill's presence will be vital to the squad looking to prove themselves again.

Should Cahill play on Tuesday, he will join Aussie stars Harry Kewell, Lucas Neill and Mark Schwarzer with a host of young Socceroos to battle the German outfit.

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