The Socceroos stepped up preparations on Tuesday watched on by hundreds of fans in Canberra, but there could be a fitness concern around defender Jason Davidson.
Davidson was one of five players – including late arrivals Ryan McGowan, James Meredith, Alex Wilkinson and Trent Sainsbury - to be restricted to lighter duties under the watchful eye of strength and conditioning coach Craig Duncan.
But the Huddersfield left-back finished the session early, immediately applying ice to his troublesome left calf.
With only two days until Thursday’s qualifier against Kyrgyzstan, Davidson could be in some doubt to start.
Uncapped Meredith of Bradford City would be the most likely candidate to start on the left should Davidson not prove his fitness.
The session was a huge increase in intensity from Monday, with the squad watched on intently by supporters who had turned up to meet their heroes as part of the Socceroos’ Fan Day.
The B-League’s Sam Mac was MC and with ex-Socceroo Brett Emerton as a special guest and a host of activities for the youngsters, it made for a great atmosphere for the squad’s first major session ahead of Thursday’s game at GIO Stadium.
With Tom Rogic and Mathew Leckie yet to arrive – and Matthew Spiranovic ruled out through injury – the 20 remaining players all took some part in the session.
After stretching and a light warm-up, the glovemen – including Mat Ryan – went off to do their specialised session under Tony Franken.
Ryan completed every drill with Adam Federici and Alex Cisak, strengthening his case to possibly be involved against the 124th-ranked Kyrgyzstan.
The other 12 players - Cahill, Jedinak, Milligan, Burns, Mooy, Luongo, McKay, Oar, Risdon, Wright, Juric and Troisi – got straight into work with the ball.
It started with a pass-and-move drill using narrow spaces between poles to find a team-mate.
They moved on to a more intense passing drill, the emphasis on passing the ball into space and moving away from your marker.
It was then on to a 9 v 3 possession drill in tight areas, trying to work their way through the three defenders in a compact area.
After about an hour the session was done and the players warmed down before meeting the fans.
They posed for countless photos and signed a stack of autographs for the healthy contingent of supporters who turned out.
When are your Caltex Socceroos in action this weekend?
Two Caltex Socceroos stars are set to go head-to-head in Scotland, while there is another pressure-filled 90 minutes ahead for Maty Ryan's relegation-threatened Brighton & Hove Albion. Trent Sainsbury and Aziz Behich’s PSV continue to push for the title in the Netherlands, whi
Former Socceroo Matt McKay to retire at season's end
Brisbane Roar skipper and 59-time Caltex Socceroo Matt McKay has decided the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 Season will be his last, bringing to an end his 18-year professional journey. McKay confirmed his retirement on Thursday, bringing down the curtain on a glittering career for
Aussies Abroad: Ryan’s Brighton in danger of relegation after Cardiff defeat
Maty Ryan’s Brighton & Hove Albion are perilously close to the relegation zone in the English Premier League after slumping to a 2-0 defeat at home against Cardiff City on Wednesday morning (AEST). There was little the Caltex Socceroos gloveman could do to keep out a goal in e