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Cahill's injury

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Hopefully I am not wrong but after viewing several repeats and slo-mos it seemed to me that Tim only picked up a soft tissue injury to the inside of his right leg above the knee. In the dying minutes while challenging for a high ball Tim was hit by his opponent's knee. It was not a foul by either player.
Dick Fearon, West Australia     Posted 20/01/2011 at 00:10:31

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Martin Faulkner
1   Posted 20/01/2011 at 02:35:37

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Dick, This is from Australia's Yahoo sports website, seems he'll be ok. I'm quietly hoping for an Iran victory... having Tim back will be like a new signing!

Australia will miss Brett Emerton due to suspension while there are doubts still surrounding a handful of players due to injuries.

Tim Cahill did not train with the squad on Wednesday after suffering a corked thigh late in the win over Bahrain, but team officials insist he will be fit to play.

Their outlook is gloomier for midfielder Jason Culina, who is battling an ongoing knee problem and seems unlikely to return.

Luke Wilkshire (groin) and David Carney (shoulder) returned to light training and are hopeful of coming back after also sitting out the final group match.
Martin Faulkner
2   Posted 20/01/2011 at 02:37:28

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BTW, I have no idea what a "corked thigh" is...
Martin Faulkner
3   Posted 20/01/2011 at 02:39:06

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Oops, make that an Iraq victory, Sunday morning in OZ, he could fly back next week in time to face Chelski in the FA Cup
Ernie Baywood
4   Posted 20/01/2011 at 02:49:50

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Dead leg, Martin.
Russell Buckley
5   Posted 20/01/2011 at 04:52:14

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Ernie is right. Happens to the legs mostly in part becuase its football but also because you have plenty of muscle and flesh there.

Its bascially a bad, deep bruise.
Liam Reilly
6   Posted 20/01/2011 at 11:10:22

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Let?s hope he?s not risked unless 100% fit, although I doubt he'll want to sit out a 1/4 final, as he hasn't been in too many of them lately, or err ever.
Sam Hoare
7   Posted 20/01/2011 at 13:34:56

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I love Tim but is anyone worried that his return will see Moyes revert to the 4-5-1 that has been so ineffectual this season?



Mike Allison
8   Posted 20/01/2011 at 19:31:16

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Sam the formation hasn't really changed without him. We've played with two strikers but one of them has played ten yards deeper than the other one, just like Cahill had been doing. This was originally Saha against Spurs, then against Liverpool it started as Anichebe, but he moved out to the left swapping with Osman after about twenty five minutes.

I didn't see much of Scunthorpe apart from the goals, but we haven't played with two right up front in either of the Premier League games since Tim left, and Tim was playing 'up front' although slightly deeper before he left. All this talk of 4-5-1 becoming 4-4-2 bears little relationship to where the players have been positioned on the pitch, and far more to the type of player they're perceived to be.

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