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By ESPN Staff

Aussie coach: Moyes owes me on Cahill

Australia coach Pim Verbeek has taken a cheeky swipe at Everton manager David Moyes, saying the Toffees boss should be thankful to the Socceroos medical staff for getting star midfielder Tim Cahill back to fitness.

Cahill has spent the last week in Sydney recovering from a calf injury and did not play any part in the Socceroos' 2-0 win over Uzbekistan on Wednesday night.

Moyes has often been scathing of Australia's use of the 29-year-old, especially in regards to him suffering injuries while on national duty.

But Verbeek hit back at Moyes, suggesting the English Premier League club should be grateful for the medical rehabilitation Cahill has undergone during his time with Australia.

"Timmy is 100%, if he can play 90 minutes, that's up to my colleague at Everton," Verbeek said. "We bring him back fit, and I think they can be very grateful to our medical staff that they did that job, when he came in, he could not walk.

"So they will be happy with us this time, normally they are not."

However, Moyes may not be as happy with Verbeek's plans to play his strongest side in the final three World Cup qualifiers regardless of whether Australia have already qualified.

They need just one point from those three games to book their passage to South Africa, but Verbeek will persist with his best side in the matches against Qatar away and Bahrain and Japan at home.

"I don't have the feeling that I will bring a second team on the field when we play here," he added. "The boys deserve to play and the fans deserve to see the players so, if they are ready, if they are fit, they will come, they will play and they will have a celebration. That's the plan."

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