Bresciano `match-fit` after FIFA suspension

AFP| Updated: May 22, 2014, 13:20 PM IST

Sydney: Australia`s experienced midfield star Mark Bresciano said Thursday he is match fit after serving a four-month suspension that threatened his participation in the World Cup.

Bresciano has been named one of the squad`s vice-captains along with Tim Cahill, with Mile Jedinak appointed skipper by coach Ange Postecoglou.

Earlier this year 34-year-old Bresciano`s prospects of a third straight World Cup appearance looked compromised by the suspension.

World governing body FIFA banned him late last year after ruling his transfer from Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates to Qatari club Al Gharafa was illegal.

"I`d like to thank the coach for this opportunity to still be part of the team and be one of the leaders of the team," said Bresciano, who has played four league games and appeared in some cup competitions since completing the ban in mid-April.

"I`ve got my match fitness back, so I`m in good condition," added Bresciano, who has made 73 appearances for the Socceroos, scoring 13 goals.