Cahill puts focus on Everton
Tim Cahill is likely to skip Australia's friendlies in June to make sure he is fit for next season.
Last Updated: 15/04/11 5:47pm
Everton midfielder Tim Cahill is likely to skip Australia's friendlies in June to make sure he is fit for next season.
The 31-year-old Socceroos star has been troubled by a foot injury this season and has not played a competitive match since last month's clash with Fulham, missing a recent international tie with Germany.
Australia are scheduled to host Serbia on 7th June but Cahill is determined to be 100 per cent ready for the new Premier League season.
"I've played seven years (with) no rest in the summer, probably more," Cahill told The World Game.
"I wouldn't change it for the world. I've got a foot problem but I'm buzzing. I love football and I love playing for my country.
"But also I think common sense has to prevail. I missed the Germany game and I'll probably miss the next couple of games because they're friendlies.
"For me, when it's competition and it's something where I'm going to win something or get something out of it, then I'll be back playing.
"But at the moment my main focal point is the Premier League and obviously doing well for my club."
Toffees boss David Moyes added: "He definitely needs the break.
"He played in the World Cup and then he went to the Asian games and I don't think that has helped him, in fact it has really hindered him in my eyes.
"Because of that I think he needs to start looking at himself to get into condition.
"He has been really good for Everton but Everton have been really good to him as well, so I think it is important he does look at the club here.
"Because of that I don't think he'll get involved in any of the friendlies this summer for Australia."
Cahill's absence may count for little if Australian football officials are unable to keep their friendly schedule from falling apart, as Serbia are rumoured to be wavering on their commitment - however, New Zealand are reportedly keen to step in should the fixture fall through.