Williams won’t give up on his World Cup dream

Williams won’t give up on his World Cup dream

Posted on March 8, 2014 in 'News'

Injured defender Rhys Williams hasn’t given up on his dream of representing Australia at this year’s World Cup. (Courtesy of Footballwa.net)

Williams’ hopes of being part of the festivities in Brazil appeared over when he ruptured his Achilles tendon while playing for Middlesbrough in late January. An injury of that type typically involves a six-month lay-off, however, Williams says his recovery is progressing faster than expected and he hopes to make a full recovery in time for the tournament in June. “I think I’ve got about a 10 or 15 per cent chance of making it,” Williams said. “Everything’s running smoothly, I’m a bit ahead of where I should be.”

Williams, a former ECU Joondalup junior, appeared a likely World Cup selection after featuring in November’s friendly with Costa Rica, Australia’s first outing under new coach Ange Postecoglou. The Achilles injury is the latest in a long list of setbacks the 25-year old has endured in recent years, amongst them a pelvic injury which forced him to miss the World Cup four years ago. “It’s not nice to be known for missing two World Cups. I think that gives me the drive and hunger to try to get back,” he commented. “I don’t want to rush this injury. It is a boy’s dream to play at a World Cup, hopefully, I can make that dream come true.”

Even if he does recover in time, Williams concedes he will struggle to build match fitness with the English season finishing in early May. But a dearth of Australian defenders playing at high levels could see led Postecoglou to take a chance on Williams when he announces his preliminary squad in May. “Postecoglou) has made it clear that he’ll take the players that he thinks can represent the country the best,” said Williams, who will commence a running program later this month. “Hopefully if I get back on time I can put my foot back in the door. I just need to keep concentrating on getting fit, hoping this injury heels properly and don’t rush it too much.”