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Kewell may miss World Cup qualifiers

By Todd Balym 15/12/2004 07:50:48 PM Comments (0)

Australian soccer's most prized player Harry Kewell is in danger of missing most of Australia's World Cup qualifying preparation next year.

Kewell's manager Bernie Mandic told SBS World Sport that the Liverpool midfielder needed a break from the game and that Australia would be extremely fortunate to have Kewell for any friendly games in 2005.

He said Kewell was still suffering from persistent ankle and groin injuries, which if not rested, could leave the star requiring an off season hernia operation.

"Realistically he should have a good rest," said Mandic.

"The physios have advised him to take a good eight to 10 weeks off.

"I would say you would be fortunate to see him twice in Australia."

Kewell, who was named Australia's second richest sportsman in 2004, has had an up and down season with Liverpool.

He endured a lengthy goal drought for Liverpool after playing with the nagging ankle ailment.

In February he missed Australia's friendly against Venezuela with his ankle problem and many questioned his commitment to the Socceroos.

His availability for Australia's matches has traditionally been a contentious issue for both club and country.

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