Australia back Cahill fitness
Australia coach Pim Verbeek has claimed that Everton should be thankful for Tim Cahill's fitness.
By Rob Carragher
Last Updated: 03/04/09 12:43pm
Australia coach Pim Verbeek has claimed that Everton should pay tribute to the Socceroos' medical staff if midfielder Tim Cahill is passed fit to play against Wigan on Sunday.
Toffees boss David Moyes has been critical of the methods of the Australian national team in the past, having witnessed Cahill return to the club injured on several occasions.
But with Cahill arriving for international duty carrying an injury, the situation was reversed and the all-action midielder was forced to sit out his country's 2-0 win over Uzbekistan - granting Verbeek a chance to take a swipe at the Everton set-up.
"Timmy is 100%, if he can play 90 minutes, that's up to my colleague at Everton," Verbeek said.
"We bring him back fit, and I think they can be very grateful to our medical staff that they did that job, when he came in, he could not walk.
"So they will be happy with us this time, normally they are not."