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Jun 15, 2013

Holman hopes to play full 90 against Iraq

Key Socceroo Brett Holman hopes his fitness will finally allow him to deliver a full 90-minute performance in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Iraq.

Holman's attacking thrust has been a major component of the Socceroos' game in recent years, especially since his outstanding form at the 2010 World Cup.

However, Holman has hardly started a game this calendar year at English Premier League club Aston Villa.

He played just over 70 minutes in each of Australia's last two World Cup qualifiers against Japan and Jordan before being substituted in both.

Asked whether his increasing game time would allow him to play a full match against Iraq at ANZ Stadium, Holman replied: "I hope so.

"It just depends on conditions as well, sometimes how the pitch is.

"I felt a lot better in Melbourne against Jordan compared to the game in Japan, so hopefully I will feel a lot better on Tuesday night as well."

A win on Tuesday guarantees Australia a third successive World Cup finals appearance.

With regular game time at club level considered a crucial factor for a starting spot come the World Cup in Brazil, Holman said he would review his situation at Villa after Tuesday's game.

"If we get a win, I'll have to look at the best place where I will play," Holman said.

"I have to be playing to be fit and where that is, if it's at Villa, then so be it, if it's not, then so be it as well."

Midfielder Mile Jedinak was hoping to play a part against Iraq after missing the last two qualifiers.

Jedinak, who injured an ankle in the leadup to the Japan game, didn't start against Jordan despite being fit to play.

Mark Milligan occupied the holding midfield role against Jordan and performed so well he could retain the spot against Iraq.

"I'm hoping I get to play some part (against Iraq) whatever that part may be it remains to be seen," Jedinak said.

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