Melbourne Victory star Harry Kewell still figures heavily in Australia boss Holger Osieck's plans.
"Harry is still a good player. He is still one of the top players in Australia, so that is a question at the wrong moment ... he definitely figures in my plans," he told the Sydney Morning Herald when asked about Kewell.
The 33-year old had to be subbed off in the second half of Friday's 1-0 loss to Oman in Muscat and has since returned to Melbourne to receive treatment as the Socceroos prepare for their next World Cup qualifier against Thailand on Tuesday.
"He's got a muscle strain, so in consultation with the medical group we decided to give him the opportunity to go home to get individual treatment, that's the background,'' Osieck added.
''I'm not a doctor, but according to our medical people it was serious enough to not make him available for this game."