Franjic confident of being fit for final

Socceroo fullback Ivan Franjic, who picked up a hip injury in the semi-final victory over the UAE, is confident he will be fit to play in the Asian Cup final.

Franjic took a knock late in the 2-0 win in Newcastle but saw out the full 90 minutes.

Australia has a chance to claim its first ever Asian Cup when it takes on South Korea in Sydney on the weekend.

“I hope it’s nothing too major, and we’ve got great medical staff so I’m sure they can get back out there for Saturday,” Franjic told media after the game.

“It was towards the end of the game. Then we took a bit of a precaution with me on the right wing and finished the game off. I didn’t think it was too bad so I continued to push through it and I’m sure it’ll be right for Saturday.”

Franjic has played in all five Asian Cup games in this tournament and is the only recognized right back after Chris Herd departed with injury. The only other option in the position would be midfielder Mark Milligan.

Franjic missed two of Australia’s three World Cup games with a hamstring problem and the 27-year old admitted it would be gutting to miss the Asian Cup decider.

“It’d be devastating but I’m confident I’ll be out there and I just can’t wait for Saturday because it will be a great encounter against South Korea,” he said.

“I’m holding up good, every game I’m getting fitter and fitter.”

Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou has backed his former Brisbane Roar charge to take to the field at Stadium Australia.

"It's a final of a major tournament,” Postecoglou said.

“I reckon unless they chopped his leg off, he would put his hand up to play. So we'll see how he settles down. I'm sure a few of the boys are sore, it was a tough game."