Tim Cahill has vowed to “do anything” to be available for the first leg of Australia's winner-takes-all World Cup playoff against Honduras.
The Caltex Socceroos talisman has linked up with the side in Honduras, but he’s in a race against time to be fit for Saturday morning's match after injuring his ankle on Friday night.
But it was an optimistic Cahill who touched down at San Pedro Sula airport.
“I'm here – I’m with the team,” Cahill told reporters upon his arrival.
“I'm making sure I'm doing everything possible to be a part of it.
“I can't promise anything – all I can promise is that I'm working hard.
“It's my country – I’m very proud – and I'll do anything to be available,” Cahill said.
Cahill was quick to douse any fears of hostility or violence from the home fans during their time in the Central American nation.
“For us as players we respect the country and the people, which is most important,” he said.
“What the media says is different from what the players think.
“We have the utmost respect and the country is a beautiful place.
“We're coming here to play football so it's about enjoying that occasion and taking in the surroundings,” Cahill added.
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