Qantas Socceroos winger Tommy Oar says a knee injury suffered last weekend while playing in the Eredivisie won't stop him from pushing for a starting spot.
Qantas Socceroos winger Tommy Oar says a knee injury suffered last weekend while playing in the Eredivisie won't stop him from pushing for a starting spot in next week's World Cup Qualifier against Oman in Sydney.
The 21-year-old faces a battle to make the starting line up at ANZ Stadium after suffering a knock to his knee playing for his club side FC Utrecht.
Utrecht's physios told Oar he should only be sidelined for a few days after being withdrawn after 30 minutes in the 2-1 loss to Feyenoord.
But Oar must convince Australia's medical staff as well as coach Holger Osieck not to take a conservative approach and start him on the bench on Tuesday night.
"It's nothing really to worry about. I've been working hard with the physios and I've trained fully today so it's not a problem," Oar said on Friday.
"Whatever he decides I have to live with but I'm just happy to be involved back in the squad.
"Whether it's from the beginning or off the bench I'm confident I can help the team.
"I've just got to train hard over the next week and see what unfolds," he said.
Finally on top of a dodgy hamstring, Oar returned to the Utrecht side two weeks ago and picked up from where he left off as he was included in the latest Eredivisie Team of the Week just last week having scored the winner against Waalwijk.
After initially struggling for game time, Oar has emerged this season as one of the most perceptive passers and crossers in the competition.
"When you first go over it's difficult to get used to, it's very different in style to the A-League," he said.
"It's much less physical but much more technical and I think it's great for your development.
"The Dutch style is that they value possession and you have to improve your technique in order to keep possession. It's not as direct as Australian or English football is.
"In order to adapt to that style you have to improve things like touch, positioning and being tactically aware. They all make a difference in the end.
"We've surprised a lot of people with how well how well we've done this year and we are actually in the Europa League spot at the moment so hopefully we can hold that for the next eight weeks."
Oar believes Australia will get the job done whether he plays or not.
"It's all in our own hands now and we can't afford any slip ups. Having those three home games against Oman, Jordan and Iraq is a massive advantage for us, especially with only a point separating Jordan and Oman, Iraq and ourselves," he said.
"We need to put some daylight between them and us and make that second place behind Japan our own. Beating Oman would make a statement of what we aim to do. It's a hugely important game for us."
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