Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak says he is raring to go ahead of Australia’s friendly with Croatia on Saturday morning.
The Crystal Palace midfielder has been kept in cotton wool by medical staff since suffering a groin strain on the final day of the Premier League season three weeks ago.
But the holding midfielder admits he has been ‘itching to go’ for a while and looks set to play some part in the Socceroos’ final hit out before their tournament opener against Chile on June 13.
“It’s going to vital in our preparation, it will give us a good indication against strong opposition,” he said.
“I think everyone’s looking forward to it, it’s going to be a tough test but one we’ll be prepared for.”
Meanwhile we continue our World Cup group previews and this time Jedinak casts his eye over Group F which includes Argentina, Bosnia, Nigeria and Iran.
Argentina led by Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi are overwhelming favourites to win the group and unsurprisingly Jedinak is tipping them to have a big tournament.
“Looking at it on paper, they’re one of the strongest teams and probably one of the pre-tournament favourites,” he said.
“Headlined by Messi and Aguero, they’re going to fancy their chances and rightly so.”
Bosnia and Herzegovina are competing at their first World Cup but Jedinak believes they have the quality to progress from the group.
“They’ve got a lot of experienced players, they’re headlined by Dzeko but there is a lot of quality in that team,” he said.
“They could be unpredictable and a surprise packet that’s for sure.”
Nigeria, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Champions – cannot be underestimated.
“They’re a good team, if they get through its not going to be a huge shock to me,” Jedinak said.
“They won the Cup of Nations for a reason but it will be difficult in that group.”
“I think the first team (to progress) will be Argentina and I might go Bosnia just ahead of Nigeria,” Jedinak added.
The Socceroos play Croatia in a friendly on Friday night (kick off 9am AEST time Saturday morning live on Fox Sports) ahead of their tournament opener against Chile on June 13.
Have you signed up to receive Socceroos Insider – Daily?
Sign up now to receive our daily newsletter, delivered at 12pm AEDT each day, featuring all the best news and videos direct from camp in Vitoria Brazil.
And don't forget to get social with the Socceroos
UPDATE: 2018 FIFA World Cup™ broadcast details
Optus has announced that all the remaining group matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ will now also be simulcast on free-to-air TV on SBS. The decision was announced on Wednesday afternoon as the Telco deals with issues surrounding their service, including dropouts and other fa
WATCH: Bert van Marwijk speaks before Denmark clash
Socceroos boss Bert van Marwijk will front the press to speak before Australia take on Denmark at the FIFA World Cup™. With the Group C clash set to take place at 10pm AEST on Thursday, live on SBS and Optus Sport, van Marwijk will speak alongside one player set to start the m
Opponent Watch: Denmark star's Socceroos warning
Denmark talisman Christian Eriksen has urged his side to lift their standards ahead of tomorrow evening’s clash with the Socceroos. The Tottenham man has entered the tournament in Russia with giant expectations, but found himself on the fringes of the Danes’ nervy 1-0 win over