11/12/2017 11:31:36 AM

Advantage Australia, says defender Sainsbury

Advantage Australia, says defender Sainsbury

Sydney: Australia will have a recovery advantage over Honduras in this week's return World Cup qualifier after taking a chartered flight home, Socceroos defender Trent Sainsbury said on Sunday.

The Australian contingent arrived home Sunday from Honduras, where they fought out a scoreless draw in San Pedro Sula on Friday, giving them an extra day to recover before Wednesday's second leg in Sydney. 

The Honduras squad are taking a series of commercial flights via the United States and will arrive in Australia almost a full day after the Socceroos, leaving only around 60 hours to acclimatize and prepare for their crunch match.

"Recovery time is very important thing in international football, especially over such distances," defender Sainsbury told reporters upon arrival.

"Every little bit counts in such big games. Honduras still have a long way to go. We're already here and we can recover and be fresh.

"That's an advantage for us and we'll take every little advantage we can get at the moment."

Sainsbury, one of the heroes in Australia's composed 0-0 draw in Honduras, said the Socceroos had the edge in the match that will decide who makes next year's World Cup finals in Russia.

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