Updated: 05/17/2014 01:36 | By Agence France-Presse

All Good for World Cup warm-up game

Australian defender Curtis Good said Friday he was close to full fitness after a hip injury and aiming to play in the World Cup warm-up match against South Africa this month.


All Good for World Cup warm-up game

Australia's Curtis Good looks on ahead of an International friendly football match between Australia and Ecuador at The Den in south London on March 5, 2014 - by Ian Kington

Good, 21, made his international debut in the friendly against Ecuador in London in March before limping off in the 68th minute of the 4-3 defeat with a hip flexor strain.

The injury ended his season on loan with Scottish club Dundee United from Newcastle United, and he has not played in over two months.

Good, along with Western Sydney's Matthew Spiranovic, loom as the first-choice centre-backs with coach Ange Postecoglou overlooking veterans Lucas Neill and Sasa Ognenovski in his 30-man preliminary squad. Injuries rule out stoppers Rhys Williams and Trent Sainsbury.

Good said he was not far from full fitness.

"I'll have to talk with the physio, but they'll just ease me back in in the next few days to full training," he told reporters at the team's camp north of Sydney.

"I've had a long flight from the UK so I'll just take it easy the next few days."

The Socceroos face South Africa in Sydney on May 26, just two days before they depart for Brazil.

"We've got 10 days so it's a definite target," he said.

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