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Tim Cahill cagey on fitness as Socceroos’ final World Cup push gets under way

  • Cahill travels to Honduras after delay to aid recovery from rolled ankle
  • Striker gives no guarantee he will play in intercontinental playoff

Australia’s logistically complex and final World Cup qualifying mission is under way, carrying the Socceroos, including Tim Cahill, to Honduras. But despite boarding the plane to central America, Cahill offered no promise that he would be fit enough to play the fourth-placed team from Concacaf, as he recovers from a rolled ankle sustained on club duty with Melbourne City.

Sporting a strapped and iced ankle at Melbourne airport, he said he had an “outside chance” of playing. “I’m definitely not going to promise anything,” he said. “We’re making a calculated decision and if it works, it’s fantastic.”

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