Melbourne Victory could hand Mark Milligan an immediate return to the starting XI against Adelaide United, with Kevin Muscat keen not to 'punish' the captain for representing his country.
Milligan missed the opening match of the season, a thumping 4-1 win over Western Sydney, through international duty, the hard-working midfielder starting the Socceroos' 0-0 draw against the United Arab Emirates last Saturday morning.
However, the 28-year-old sat out Australia's 1-0 loss to Qatar on Wednesday morning and has impressed back in training with his club, putting Carl Valeri and Leigh Broxham's places in the starting XI under threat, despite their impressive performances against the Wanderers.
"We'll assess him, he's looked good this morning, to be honest," Muscat told reporters on Thursday.
"He flew in last night, he didn't play in the last game (against Qatar). He's fine, he's healthy. He looked nice and sharp but a decision won't be made until later on tonight or possibly even tomorrow morning."