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Road to South Africa

Kewell hopeful of making finals

May 10, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Harry Kewell remains hopeful of playing at a third World Cup finals despite struggling to recover from groin surgery.

Harry Kewell
GettyImagesHarry Kewell Has been out for four months

Kewell, who currently plays in Turkey for Galatasaray, has barely played since January and is seen as a major doubt for Pim Verbeek's squad.

Although it has taken Kewell longer than expected to come back from his latest injury problem, the experienced winger is still hopeful of playing in South Africa this summer.

"It (the injury) is still there a little bit so we're taking precautions now,'' Kewell told News Limited publications. "The plan is to train this week and see how I cope. If I don't play, then it's not meant to be. I'm still resting these old legs.

"There are still a few more games (for Australia) before the World Cup.''

Kewell is considered a key player for Australia with the Socceroos struggling for forward options. Team-mate Jason Culina believes Kewell still has what it takes to contribute even if he's not 100% fit going into the tournament in South Africa.

"Harry is a great player and he has shown over the years how good he actually is and whether it's 75, 90 or 100%, Harry will always contribute to the team,'' Culina said. "But even if he is at 75%, I think he's still a great asset to the team.

"He's always working extremely hard and he is one of those players who is always in the gym and doing his best to be out on the park and that's why he's such a good player. I think he'll be right this little setback is I think only short term, and hopefully he'll be there against New Zealand and the friendly match after that.''