Playing in Middlesbrough’s loss to West Ham in the semi-final of the FA Cup, Schwarzer was replaced in the 42nd minute after coming of second best in an aerial contest with Hammers striker Dean Ashton.
Ashton came over the back of Schwarzer with and arm making contact to his face, but Boro manager Steve McClaren said it would be unknown as to the extent of the injury until scans are carried out. “We think Mark has suffered a fractured cheekbone and it may mean he is out for the season,” McClaren said.
“Whether he will miss the World Cup, I don’t know. I don’t know the length of rehab required yet, but his World Cup hopes depend on how severe it is.”
Should it be revealed that the injury is indeed a fracture, the result would be a cruel one for Australia. www.sportal.com.au
NERVOUS WAIT FOR CAHILL
Tim Cahill faces a nervous 48 hours after injuring his knee in Everton’s scoreless draw against Birmingham in the English Premier League on Saturday. A crucial part of Guus Hiddink’s plans for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, Cahill will find out on Monday the extent of the damage done to his knee in a collision with Damien Johnson.
With the World Cup less than seven weeks away, the timing of Cahill’s injury could not be much worse. Cahill played a key role in Australia’s qualification for the World Cup, supplying an important pass in the play that resulted in Marco Bresciano levelling the two-leg qualifier against Uruguay in Sydney last November.
Meanwhile, star Socceroo Harry Kewell’s impressive display in Liverpool’s thrilling FA Cup semi-final triumph over Chelsea has won him plaudits from manager Rafael Benitez. The Liverpool boss praised Kewell, who was replaced 12 minutes from time with a groin injury, for his performance on the left side.
“Last season we had some problems in wide areas but now Harry can give us a lot of things,” Benitez said. “He can beat players on the left side, sometimes on the right. He was important for us because we need to play wide.”
Kewell has turned his career around after a troublesome beginning to his career at Anfield, playing a key role in Australia’s World Cup qualification last November.