Tim Cahill handed World Cup red card reprieve
Published 11:20 17/06/10 By MirrorFootball
Australia were today boosted by the news key man Tim Cahill will only miss one World Cup game following his sending-off against Germany.
The Socceroos were concerned Cahill's red card against the Germans - shown for a poor challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger - would rule him out for the remainder of the group phase.
But FIFA confirmed today the Everton man will only be unavailable for the clash with Ghana on June 19.
Australia were beaten 4-0 by Germany and must avoid defeat against the Africans in Rustenburg if they are to have any realistic hope of advancing to the knockout phase.
Veteran winger Harry Kewell believes Australia can cover the loss of Cahill, the Socceroos' most prolific goalscorer of recent times.
"Tim is a great player and it's disappointing he won't be there (against Ghana)," said Kewell, who is expected to come into the side after surprisingly not being used at all in the opener.
"But we have got great players in our squad so we can cope with any players that we have or haven't got.
"But personally I don't think it was a red card (offence for Cahill) and a lot of other Australians probably think the same thing and probably most of the Germans don't think so as well but it's a World Cup and these things can happen."