Jedinak targets Croatia return

Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak has targeted the Socceroos' pre-World Cup friendly against Croatia as his return date as he seeks valuable match time before the tournament starts.

Jedinak picked up a groin injury playing for Crystal Palace in the final match of the English Premier League season just over a fortnight ago.

The 29-year-old has been restricted to just light duties during his time in 'Camp Socceroo' as he works his way back towards full fitness.

The Socceroos take on Croatia on June 7 (AEST) in their final meaningful hit-out before their World Cup opener against Chile a week later.

"That's what we're aiming towards definitely. I'm in the same boat as everyone, you want to get game time before the first game in the tournament," Jedinak said on Tuesday.

"I'm definitely working towards that and I'm confident that will happen.

"It's still a little while away. I've got a bit of time to make sure it's 100 percent before trying to do anything with the boys.

"It's (the injury) coming along quite well. I've stepped up my training and I'm happy with where it's at.

"It's a gradual build up over the next few days and hopefully once we're in Brazil at some stage in the not too distant future join up with the team."

Following Monday night's 1-1 draw with South Africa, the Socceroos had a recovery day on Tuesday with only players who didn't take part in the clash required to train.

It was a somewhat sombre mood at the team's hotel in Sydney after coach Ange Postecoglou was forced to trim three players from the travelling party to Brazil – Curtis Good, Adam Sarota and Josh Brillante.

"I got a brief chance to speak to the boys...I wished them all the best," Jedinak said.

"It's not the easiest time to see your teammates miss out on opportunities like this but these guys have got their careers ahead of them and it won't be long before we see them amongst us again.

"They took that really well. You can't fault the boys for their attitude and the way they've been in this camp because they've been first class."

The remaining 27 players fly out to Brazil on Wednesday faced with the biggest challenge of their careers at the World Cup against heavyweights Spain, Netherlands and Chile.

More than 10,000 Australian fans are expected to follow the team in Brazil and with the groundswell of support back home as well, Jedinak believes anything is possible.

"The support throughout this whole camp has been magnificent. We've had a few fan days and you are hearing people buzzing and I think it's rubbing off on the boys," the skipper said.

"We know we've got a huge support, last night we had 50,000 and it was great the boys got that send off because they deserve it.

"We know going away it's going to be tough but we know we have a huge backing here and it gives us confidence going forward."