Emerton boost for Aussies
Brett Emerton has handed Australia a boost by returning to full training after a calf injury.
Last Updated: 31/05/10 11:27am
Brett Emerton has handed Australia a boost by returning to full training after struggling with a calf injury.
The Blackburn Rovers midfielder has played only a limited part in Australia's pre-World Cup training camps in Melbourne and Johannesburg due to the problem.
However, he has now shaken off the injury to give coach Pim Verbeek a fitness fillip with the finals in South Africa less than two weeks away.
The 31-year-old may not be risked in Tuesday's friendly against Denmark, while former Liverpool player Harry Kewell is also likely to sit out the game.
Kewell is continuing his rehabilitation from a groin injury and Verbeek has said all along that the striker will be focused on getting fit for the Germany game.
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has recovered from the thumb sprain which kept him out of last week's friendly against New Zealand at the MCG.
Australia start their World Cup campaign against Germany on 13th June before also taking on Ghana and Serbia in Group D.