No risks after Luongo injury scare

Massimo Luongo is taking no risks with his World Cup availability after a calf complaint raised fears he would be added to the Socceroos growing injury list.

The former Tottenham junior is in Australia coach Ange Postecoglou’s plans for Brazil, having debuted in green and gold against Ecuador last month.

Luongo missed Swindon’s 2-1 win over Sheffield United on Saturday due to a niggling calf problem.

It comes on top of news that Tim Cahill suffered a hamstring injury on Sunday with the full extent of the damage expected to be revealed later today.

Swindon boss Mark Cooper confirmed that Luongo’s World Cup availability wasn’t at threat.

“Mass has had a sore calf for a couple of weeks and has been playing through it,” Cooper told the Swindon Advertiser.

“We just felt to be fair to him he might have a slight strain and we didn’t want him to tear it and rule out any chance of him being involved for the rest of the season and maybe the World Cup.”

Australia have already lost Robbie Kruse and Rhys Williams for the World Cup due to injury with Trent Sainsbury (knee) and Curtis Good (hip) also battling to be fit. 

Luongo has endured a long and gruelling 2013-14 season, making 48 appearances for the Robins, but the 21-year-old has impressed with his resilience.

Swindon are in contention for the sixth and final play-offs spot in League One and next face Carlisle United away on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Cahill revealed he was still waiting on news on the extent of his hamstring injury via Twitter on Tuesday.

“Thanks 4 all the amazing messages. Will hopefully get full extent of injury later 2day. Always positive and ready 2 work whatever the outcome,” Cahill tweeted.