Postecoglou dismisses Socceroos injury fears
Australia's national team has arrived at their World Cup training base in Vitoria with question marks over several key men.
Defender Matthew Spiranovic and midfielder Mark Bresciano missed the farewell friendly against South Africa due to ankle and back issues respectively, while fullback Ivan Franjic was forced off during the game in Sydney after taking a knock to his knee.
Crystal Palace and Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak is still recovering from a groin strain suffered on the final day of the Premier League season, while Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Mitch Langerak has only just returned to action after hyper-extending his knee at the end of the Bundesliga campaign.
And while concerned reports of players missing training sessions at the Arena Unimed Sicoob have been sent home by the watching media, Postecoglou is looking at the bigger picture.
"It's not about injuries," he told FFA TV.
"We've been managing the group. The only one you could call a real injury has been Ivan from the South Africa game, but he's well on target for recovery as expected.
"Mile Jedinak pretty much is joining in full training now. The rest of them, they'll miss training sessions here and there because we're managing their loads and their own personal physical preparedness for the first game.
"It's all about being ready for the 13th of June. Everything in between is designed for that.
"So while some players will miss training, it's not really a reflection of their physical wellbeing. It's more us making sure that in an ideal world, when we get to June 13, we've got 23 players fit and raring to go."
With the squad set to be cut from a travelling party of 27 to a final 23-man group this week, some of the less familiar faces, like Swindon Town midfielder Massimo Luongo, could be playing to keep their World Cup dream alive when the Socceroos tackle a local club side on Monday (Tuesday morning AEST).
"It's an opportunity for us to get 90 minutes into some players who haven't played for quite a while," Postecoglou said.
"We've been working very hard at training. Today you could see the players are still fatigued from yesterday's session. It's going to be a good test for them from a physical stand point. This is our only opportunity to do that sort of work.
"A lot of the players who will play tomorrow haven't had a chance to play in a game for us, to see if they're grasping the concepts, the way we want to play and their roll within the team.
"Training's one thing, but it's more about seeing how that works in a match situation."