Tim Cahill is the latest Socceroo under an injury cloud after he hurt his right hamstring and was forced from the pitch in the MLS on the weekend.
The Aussie superstar was subbed after 32 minutes in the New York Red Bull’s 1-1 draw with Chivas USA adding to the Socceroos mounting casualty list ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
Ange Postecoglou’s green and gold squad has already been shorn of key players in Rhys Williams (Achilles tendon) and Robbie Kruse (knee).
Meanwhile, rising stars Curtis Good (hip flexor) and Trent Sainsbury (knee) remain on the treatment table.
At home Melbourne Victory playmaker Tom Rogic is struggling with a groin complaint and defensive midfielder Mark Millgan suffered a knock to his knee in the weekend’s Big Blue with Sydney FC.
Last week Cahill brushed off concerns about a worrying dip in form at club level, just months out from from football's global showpiece.
The 2014 campaign has started slowly for the Red Bulls where a change in formation has seen the 34-year-old playing alone up front for little reward.
“It’s only three games,” Cahill told reporters in New York recently. “We were in this situation last year after five games but we don’t want to leave it until five games.”
“It’s a long season and we’re going to have to start picking up points sooner or later,” Cahill added.
“The sooner rather than the later is the objective for us.”
The former English Premier League star became Australia's all-time top goalscorer in March when a brace against Ecuador in a pre-World Cup friendly lifted his tally to 31.comments