john.leigh Posted June 12, 2010 Share Posted June 12, 2010 From "The Australian" newspaper: INJURY-hit Brett Emerton is fighting to be fit for Australia's World Cup opener against Germany and battling for his club future after being put up for sale by Blackburn Rovers. The English Premiership outfit have already offered the winger to Turkish club Galatasaray, and the pressure on the 31-year-old to shake off the calf injury that has kept him out of the Socceroos World Cup warm-up games has been ratcheted up with his club future at the crossroads. The willingness of Rovers coach Sam Allardyce to part with Emerton, who has scored 17 goals in a 72 appearances for Australia, comes in the wake of a difficult 16 months for the Sydneysider. After fighting back from a serious cruciate ligament injury last September, Emerton has become surplus to requirements at Rovers, with seven of his 29 appearances last season coming off the bench following his return from surgery. Start of sidebar. Skip to end of sidebar. Related CoverageKewell ready but realistic Fox Sports, 2 hours agoEmerton ready to make up for '06 The Australian, 13 hours agoBrett Emerton driven by regret Fox Sports, 14 hours agoEmerton playing for his future The Australian, 3 days agoDeja vu for Socceroos Herald Sun, 29 May 2010.End of sidebar. Return to start of sidebar. The Lancashire club believes he is now past his best with a move to Galatasaray, playing alongside fellow Soccerooos Harry Kewell and Lucas Neill, looking more than likely. When fully fit, Emerton is a certain starter for Australia and could have a big impact in South Africa but Richard Garcia remains on standby to take his spot should he fail to prove his fitness at training this week. Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek could even switch Jason Culina to the right side of midfield and fill his slot with Carl Valeri as a second option. With just five days to go before Australia take on Germany in Durban, Emerton, who still has two years to run on his Ewood Park deal, didn't even appear among the substitutes in the 3-1 loss to the USA and his renowned powers of recovery will be tested to the limit if he is to make the cut in Durban. But he did put in his first full training shift for the Socceroos yesterday since joining the squad nearly three weeks ago as they went through a 60-minute session at Roodepoort Athletics Stadium outside Johhannesburg. And the word is that Verbeek will gamble on the durable Emerton against Germany, so long as he comes through unscathed this week. Emerton, who joined Rovers in July 2003 for $500,000 from Feyenoord, has made 259 appearances for the club scoring 15 goals. Blackburn have reportedly told Emerton he is free to go, with David Dunn having taken over the right wing and the club looking to cut its wage bill. Emerton signed an upgraded four-year deal in July 2008 but it is clear Rovers don't see him as part of their long term plans, meaning the Socceroo will be on the lookout for a new club once his World Cup duties are over. Meanwhile, midfield enforcer Vince Grella was given a 24-hour leave pass after contracting a heavy cold but is not in doubt for the Germany duel. Tim Cahill, was only allowed a few light stretches and a gentle stroll aroiund the outside of the field alongside physio Phil Coles as Verbeek made sure there was no untoward reaction from the neck injury that forced him off against the USA. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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