Ivan Franjic insists he will likely be “fit enough” for Australia’s Globe Cup qualifiers in September regardless of a lack of game-time.
In spite of obtaining played only three competitive games this year, Ivan Franjic has declared he are going to be prepared if Australia coach Ange Postecoglou calls on him for Globe Cup qualifiers in September.
Franjic, who has returned home to play for Melbourne City right after a tough season in Russia, has only began pre-season coaching this month, with all the 2015-16 A-League campaign first starting on October 8.
Australia will face Bangladesh in Perth on September three and Tajikistan in Dushanbe five days later, but Franjic just isn’t concerned by the dearth of competitive action among now and after that.
“If I get chosen, I’ll be fit enough to be playing,” he told Omnisport.
Franjic completed 90 minutes for Australia in their 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan on June 16 – the very first time he had accomplished that considering that April 8 – as his country kick-started their bid to qualify for Russia 2018.
As a consequence of a raft of injuries in 2014-15, the 27-year-old only played 4 league games for Torpedo Moscow last term.
Franjic could not ignore the opportunity for standard game-time when City came calling final month.
“That was one particular on the motives [for] coming back, I could have stayed in Europe or come back but I wanted to sort my future out just before I went into the World Cup qualifiers,” the versatile full-back said.
“So [my target this season is to play] as a lot of games as you possibly can and win a championship with Melbourne City and hold playing international [matches].”
Franjic broke his contract with Torpedo in April on account of unpaid wages but has seemingly put that chapter behind him.
“It was complicated because I was injured 80 per cent from the time there, so the club wasn’t content that I was receiving injured on international duty but that’s football, it really is a part of the game, so I am back now and searching forward for the season ahead,” he stated.
Franjic has played 19 matches for Australia and was a important part of Postecoglou’s squad that won the Asian Cup in January.