Australia attacker Brett Holman says he is fully fit for his country’s crucial FIFA World Cup qualifier against Jordan on Tuesday.
That is despite Holman entering the match without a base of match fitness, after he was barely used in the latter stages of Aston Villa’s Premier League campaign.
With Villa battling relegation, Holman fell down manager Paul Lambert’s pecking order, and he did not start a game in the last three months, making just three appearances off the bench.
Holman said that he was jaded after last Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Japan in Saitama, but that he has regained full fitness ahead of a must-win clash for Australia at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.
“I was a bit sore, especially the day after, and there was a lot of recovery to be done. I’m feeling good now,” Holman said.
“When you’re having a tough time at your club, it’s always good to come in, play and start.
“You can train as hard and long as you want but, if you’re not playing games, then it’s a completely different scenario. I’m all good for it (the match against Jordan).”
Holger Osieck’s side are likely to need four points from their last two matches to win qualification for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and in the attacking third, they will rely on Tim Cahill again.
Cahill – who is Australia’s third-highest scorer of all time, with 27 goals – is expecting Jordan to present a very different challenge to that of Japan.
The New York Red Bulls attacker says his team must play at a high tempo, and with energy, to secure all three points.
“I think it will definitely be a different game against Jordan,” Cahill said.
“Hopefully, I’ll get more space, and if not, if three or four want to jump on my back, you’ll see the likes of the boys coming through the middle producing the goods.
“We showed that we can play a high-tempo game (against Japan). I think the last time we played against Oman, (with) a slow tempo in the first half the energy wasn’t there, so we can’t play into their hands.
“For us, it’s just making sure we concentrate on really going that extra mile to really put them under pressure and make them feel uncomfortable at our place.”