Australia goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac is in doubt for Confederations Cup
Australia goalkeeper Zeljko Kalac is in doubt for the Confederations Cup, after pulling a quad muscle in his last match of the season with Roda JC in the Dutch League.
Kalac, who is due to fly in with national team-mate Brett Emerton on Tuesday, sustained the injury in Roda's 3-2 loss to RKC Waalwijk.
Socceroo coach Frank Farina was notified of the problem earlier this afternoon, and is now faced with the decision of whether or not to bring in another goalkeeper forthe tournament.
Kalac will still take his place in the squad, and will receive treatment from the Australian national medical team on arrival.
This latest disruption and late arrival of Emerton in particular hasn’t helped Farina in picking his starting eleven for the opening game of the tournament against Mexico on Wednesday night.
"Brett and Zeljko (Kalac) only arrive on Tuesday evening," said Farina from Korea. "It is going to be difficult for him (Brett) to land and then play less than 24 hours later."
"If he can’t play then it opens the door for someone else and you can be rest assured the team that goes on the park will be a solid side."
With the team arriving in dribs and drabs and creating so much uncertainty over who will play, Farina was downplaying the team’s chances in the opening match.
"Winning would be wonderful but I think getting a result is the main aim… I would be happy with a draw," said a philosophical Farina.
"Looking at things realistically, I don’t think anyone at this stage would be counting on us beating France. I’m not saying that I’m not confident but they (France) are the current World and European Champions, so a result in the first game is very important and will give us a chance going into the final game."
Farina’s main concern was getting those players already in camp prepared in time for the Mexico game.
"We have had only two outdoor sessions on the park and spent most of the time in the pool and on massage tables to get all the players mentally and physically ready."
"It is a matter of trying to get them fresh and revitalised after a long and gruelling season."
"It is very humid and you can notice between the players that have been here for a few days and the ones that have only just arrived and how they are coping."