Harry Kewell is still a chance to recover from injury to face Japan in a World Cup qualifier next week.
The Galatasaray star was left out of Pim Verbeek‚Äôs initial 22-man squad which was announced today but if he can prove his fitness will be considered.
Kewell had to undergo a hernia operation during the Christmas break and is regaining full fitness but would have to play enough minutes against Kayserispor at home on Saturday to be a realistic chance.
Verbeek said the former Leeds and Liverpool star is definitely on stand-by.
‚ÄúWhat Harry‚Äôs dad told me is that if there‚Äôs any chance, and there is a chance he could play the weekend, I can always call on him,‚ÄĚ Verbeek said.
‚ÄúBut then he has to play on the weekend and then I can make up my mind.‚ÄĚ