Mark Bresciano is facing an uphill battle to be fit to play against Spain in Australia’s final World Cup encounter as recovers from a hip flexor injury.
Severe doubt remains over the fitness of the veteran playmaker, who came into the tournament nursing a back complaint and very little football under his belt. Bresciano was taken off in the 51st minute against the Netherlands and lasted 78 minutes in the opener with Chile.
Socceroo captain Mile Jedinak admitted he is unsure if Bresciano will able to take the field against Spain.
“I’m not too sure of the situation to be honest,” Jedinak said. “The last couple of days since the game, the sole focus has been on recovery.
"The boys are at different stages. It’s still another 24 hours before we’ve got a training session and what not, so it’s a long time in football.
“We’ll just have to wait and see. But Bresc is working hard with the medical team to get himself right.
"He’s an experienced pro and he’ll be doing everything he can to make sure he’s 100%.”
The 34-year old is at his third World Cup with the Socceroos and has over 70 caps for the national team. Oliver Bozanic came on to replace him against the Dutch while James Troisi came on for him against Chile.
Both players will come into contention to start against Spain if Bresciano is ruled out, along with Dario Vidosic who can play in the number 10 role and has yet to see match action in the tournament.
Mark Milligan, who missed the Netherlands game with injury, is also battling to be fit for selection for the final match with Spain.