7 Jun 2010

Cahill cleared of serious neck injury

11:35 am on 7 June 2010

The Socceroos' most important strike weapon Tim Cahill has given Australia's football World Cup hopes a huge boost after being cleared of any serious neck injury.

Cahill is expected to resume full training after being taken to hospital complaining of neck soreness following a header gone wrong in Australia's 3-1 defeat by the United States on Saturday.

Scans revealed no damage, and the Everton midfielder took part in some light running at a recovery session at Ruimsig Stadium in Roodepoort on Sunday.

Verbeek's confident all his injury concerns - Cahill, Brett Emerton (calf), Harry Kewell (groin), Brett Holman and Adam Federici (both soreness) - will train fully by early this week ahead of their World Cup opener against Germany on Monday.