DAVID MOYES is relieved that Tim Cahill will sit out Australia’s summer friendlies in order to enjoy a long-overdue rest.
The Socceroos are set to play two matches at the end of the domestic campaign.
But Cahill, who is still struggling to overcome a persistent foot problem, says he will miss the games in order to look after his body.
The 31-year-old has had a hectic footballing schedule over the last 18 months, playing in two major international tournaments, and Moyes welcomed his decision to rest before taking part in a full pre season with Everton.
He said: “He definitely needs that break because he played in the World Cup and also in the Asian Cup and I don’t think that has helped him.
“In fact it has really hindered him in my eyes.
“He has been really good for Everton and Everton has been good to him as well.
“I think it is important that he does look at the club and because of that he will probably not get involved in any of the friendlies for Australia this summer.”
Cahill said earlier this week: “I missed the Germany game (in March), and I’ll probably miss the next couple of games because they’re friendlies.
“For me, when it’s competition and it’s something where I’m going to win something or get something out of, then I’ll be back playing.
“So at the moment now my main focal point is the Premier League and doing well for my club.”
Cahill is a major doubt ahead of today’s Goodison Park clash with Blackburn Rovers, although he joins Mikel Arteta on the list of players likely to still play some part in Everton’s season.
Everton have also been without Jack Rodwell and Seamus Coleman in recent weeks.
“They are all getting nearer fitness, whether they will be ready for the game is another matter, but they are all getting closer that is for sure,” said the Everton manager Moyes.