Postecoglou confident Cahill can make Socceroos impact

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The veteran striker has barely played since the start of February but that isn't a worry for Australia's national team boss

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is confident all-time leading goal-scorer Tim Cahill can make an impact in Australia's upcoming World Cup qualifiers despite limited game time with Melbourne City.

Cahill was named in Postecoglou's final 23-man squad on Tuesday ahead of this month's crucial games against Iraq and United Arab Emirates.

The 37-year-old forward has started one game for City since the start of February for a total of 49 minutes, with the A-League's split round meaning Cahill had last weekend off.

Cahill sent off from bench

City host Newcastle Jets on Saturday.

"Hopefully he will get some minutes this weekend," the Socceroos boss told reporters on Tuesday.

"Again his training's been good and he feels really good. From our perspective, it's not the first time we've brought Timmy in with limited game time.

"He's proved pretty resilient in the past in being able to do a job for us."

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Postecoglou added: "With Timmy, there's no expectations on him to play two 90 minutes of football. 

"It's more about the impact he can make in the two games. He's proved that in the past.

"Hopefully he can get some minutes this weekend to top him up a little bit and hopefully he comes into camp in decent condition."

Cahill, Tomi Juric, Mathew Leckie, James Troisi and Robbie Kruse are the main attacking options in Postecoglou's latest squad.

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Juric has been in scintillating form for FC Luzern in recent weeks, scoring three goals in as many games, including the opener in his club side's 1-1 draw on Saturday, and the 25-year-old is almost certain to lead the line away to Iraq.

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Cahill has scored seven goals in 17 A-League appearances in 2016-17.

Australia will take on Iraq on March 23 and host the UAE five days later.

 

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