Tim Cahill to travel to Honduras

Australia's football fans can breathe a sigh of relief, with talismanic striker Tim Cahill set to travel to Honduras a day after the rest of the Australian squad for the first leg of their do-or-die World Cup qualifier.

Cahill, 37, was in doubt for the game after he looked to have rolled his ankle in Melbourne City's 1-0 loss to champions Sydney FC.

In a media release on Sunday morning, Football Federation Australia confirmed that the nation's all-time leading scorer would be making the trip to central America for the first leg - but whether he starts is another question.

With the flight to Honduras being some 30 hours, it's unlikely that Cahill would be forced to make the trip if there were no plans to play him, either in the starting team or off the bench, given that the return fixture is only four days later.

"Cahill's delayed departure to Honduras is part of the monitoring and rehabilitation process that has been put in place for an ankle injury that the Melbourne City FC attacker sustained on Friday night while playing in the Hyundai A-League," the FFA said on Sunday morning.

"Cahill was cleared of a fractured ankle on Saturday, however he will require continued assessment and treatment before a determination regarding his eligibility for the forthcoming matches is made by the Caltex Socceroos' medical and coaching staff."

However, winger Robbie Kruse, who has been central to Ange Postecoglou's plans for some time, will not be joining Cahill and the rest of the team after picking up a knock while playing for his Bundesliga 2 side Bochum overnight. He, along with suspended pair Mark Milligan and Mathew Leckie, will be available for the second leg in Sydney the following week.

The absence of a trio of players who are regular starters only further capitalises the importance of the former Millwall and Everton man to the national team - without Milligan (six), Leckie (six) and Kruse's (five) contributions, Cahill alone has nearly a higher goal tally than the rest of the squad combined, having found the net 50 times for the Socceroos, compared to the rest of the team's 53.

When do the Socceroos play?

First leg: Estadio Ol??mpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Kick-off:9am, Saturday 11 November. (AEDT)

Second leg: Stadium Australia, Sydney, Australia. Kick-off: 8pm, Wednesday 15 November. (AEDT)

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