Good recovery 'taking longer than hoped'

Socceroo Curtis Good’s recovery from a hip flexor injury is taking longer than expected and he appears set to miss next weekend’s Scottish Cup semi final.

Good, on loan at Dundee United from Newcastle, is currently on the sidelines after sustaining a hip injury in his Socceroos debut against Ecuador last month.

The 21-year-old ex-Melbourne Heart man’s return is key to his hopes of being part of Ange Postecoglou’s side at the 2014 World Cup, with limited opportunities to prove his fitness before the coach must announce his 30-man preliminary squad by May 16.

Good had hoped to return in time for United’s glamour cup semi final fixture against fallen giants Rangers on Saturday.

He has spent the past few months receiving treatment at Newcastle and United boss Jackie McNamara conceded he was unlikely for the final-four clash.

“Curtis Good and Calum Butcher are struggling for the weekend,” McNamara told The Courier.

“We were hoping that Curtis might have a chance for next week against Rangers but that’s not looking like the case.

“He’s coming on slowly and is taking a bit longer than we hoped.”

Good appeared five times for United, all starts, before suffering injury on international duty.

The young defender's availability for Brazil will be important, with Australia short on central backline options.

Middlesbrough's Rhys Williams has practically been ruled out with an Achilles injury, while Zwolle's Trent Sainsbury is on the comeback trail after a knee problem.

Lucas Neill has battled for club game-time but recently landed a loan move to Doncaster Rovers boosting his hopes.