Aussie midfielder picked up an ankle injury playing for New York Red Bulls
Tim Cahill has been ruled out of the Socceroos friendly with Brazil next Saturday after injuring his ankle over the weekend.
The 33-year-old midfielder damaged his right ankle after playing and scoring for New York Red Bulls in their 2-1 win over DC United on Saturday and was substituted just before the hour-mark at the Red Bull Arena following a tackle from visiting defender Dejan Jakovic in the first half.
At first Cahill, who has scored 28 goals in 63 matches for Australia, was doubtful over his involvement in the match with the 2014 World Cup hosts but confirmed on Twitter on Monday that he won’t be travelling to Brasilia with Holger Osieck and his squad after failed treatment.
— Tim Cahill (@Tim_Cahill) September 2, 2013
The former Everton attacker’s absence will require Osieck to shuffle his forward line with Josh Kennedy and Central Coast Mariner’s youngster Mitchell Duke vying for a starting role, with the Nagoya Grampus forward Kennedy tipped to lead the Socceroos line in the glamour friendly.