David Carney is confident that the recent surgery he had to his shoulder will fix the problem once and for all.
Carney returned to Australia to undergo surgery on the problem area and he feels that this time he will be able to get back to full fitness and not have to worry about it again.
"It was a big blow to have to miss the run-in to the Premier League season but the shoulder kept popping out, so I returned home to Sydney to have the surgery at the beginning of May and I will be back here again in June for some more rehabilitation," Carney told The World Game.
"The shoulder was unstable and it was just impossible to keep playing on. It has been pretty bad for the last year or so and needed a long-term fix. I am sure this is going to be the end of the trouble."
And Carney knows that his absence from the Socceroos may put his place under Holger Osieck in danger.
"There are always people knocking on the door and it's a matter of me playing well to keep anybody pushing me at bay," he added.
"Right now, I'm not thinking too much about that sort of thing. I just want to concentrate on getting fit again.
"If I do that, then I'm confident I can put myself in a position where I'll keep getting picked for the national team."
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