Harry Kewell is set to take the next step in his FIFA World Cup™ preparations with the Socceroo striker expected to join team training in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Coach Pim Verbeek told reporters in South Africa that Kewell, who has been struggling with a groin injury, had impressed him greatly in the past few days and that it was only a matter of time before he was able to muck in with his team-mates. The former Liverpool midfielder won't play against Denmark today but will then step up his schedule.
"I think everybody who saw training yesterday saw that Harry was ready," He will be part of the team after the Denmark game. That's good news. I think we'll do a good session with him tomorrow again. He had a good session today. From Thursday on he will be training normally with the team," Verbeek said.
Verbeek said Kewell would still be limited in his training regime, participating in only the early part of the sessions with his team-mates until early next week. But the Dutchman is confident his talisman will be ready to take on Germany in Durban on 13 June.
He said that in terms of physical conditioning and preparation, Kewell was on par with his team-mates, but that he still lacked match practice having only played a few minutes for Galatasaray so far in 2010. Brett Emerton is the other injury concern for Verbeek, but the experienced midfielder is getting over a minor calf strain and could take on the USA on Saturday.