Bresciano recovers from illness
Qantas Socceroo midfielder Marco Bresciano resumed training today and declared he will be right for Monday’s match against Japan in Kaiserslautern despite suffering from an ear infection.
Qantas Socceroo midfielder Marco Bresciano resumed training today and declared he will be right for Monday-s match against Japan in Kaiserslautern.
Bresciano did not travel to Ulm for the Socceroos final practice match against Liechtenstein, because of an ear infection, but trained in Thursday-s afternoon session in Ohringen.
"I have had it for about four or five days,” said Bresciano of his ear infection.
"A couple of nights ago I couldn-t sleep and we found it was an ear infection.
"I am actually feeling a whole lot better. I still have got pain, but it is bearable now and I hopefully I will be training today," he said speaking just outside his team-s plush accommodation at the team-s hotel base in Friedrichsruhe.
Bresciano said he felt some discomfort during the match against the Dutch last Sunday, but it wasn-t till he arrived in Germany that the pain really set in.
"I had a little bit, but not as painful as it was a couple of days ago."
While Bresciano did train, his captain Mark Viduka did not take part in the session instead receiving treatment from team physiotherapist Les Gelis, for what appeared to be a slight calf injury.
Bresciano said he was never in doubt to be available for selection in the Japan game and has been getting the proper antibotics and injections to clear the ear infection.
"No, they (the team medical staff) told me I-ve got no problems," when asked if he thought he might miss the Japan game. "Hopefully, today I will be out at training and see how the pain goes."
"I wasn-t training when I was in pain so I couldn-t tell you (if it effected his balance), I just was in bed. It was more the pain, I don-t think there was any imbalance anywhere."
Bresciano also confirmed that the excitement of the World Cup is building within the camp
"I think slowly, slowly we are starting to get the feel of the World Cup," he said. "I think the first day when we arrived on Monday, is probably when it hit us.
"The boys told me when I missed training on Tuesday, about how many people came to watch them train.
"I think everyone-s thinking and believing that we are here now and that now we are here, we-ll just focus on the three games and hopefully we-ll do well."
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