No targets for cautious Cahill
Midfielder easing back to full fitness
By Chris Burton. Last Updated: June 21, 2008 6:57pm
Cahill: Underwent radical surgery
Tim Cahill is refusing to set unrealistic targets as he steps up his preparations for the new season.
The Everton midfielder, who has been recovering from surgery on a metatarsal problem, insists that it would be foolish to push himself too hard, too soon.
The Australian international is aware that rushing his return could result in a further setback, something he is desperate to avoid after being forced to sit out the Toffees' end of season run-in last term.
"The operation was a success, but I'm playing everything by ear," Cahill told Everton's official website.
"I think the biggest thing for myself is just taking my time and not trying to rush it. I will just train hard and wait for them to give me the all clear.
"If I can get myself ready for the new season that's great. We've got such a good team and hopefully I'll play some part in the start or near the start. There's going to be a fight for places again this year and I'm raring to go.
"I think I'm fortunate that I seem to get injured towards the end of the season. Maybe it's a blessing in disguise because it means I can do all my rehab in the summer.
"I can't afford to set targets though. I've broken it a few times and now I've had quite radical surgery. The good thing is I'm experienced in this part and I've kept myself really fit. Even if I can't run I can still work out on the bikes and on other parts of my game."