come back but I wanted to sort my future out before I went into the World Cup qualifie
Franjic, who has returned home to play for Melbourne City after a tough season in Russia, has only started pre-season training this month, with the 2015-2016 A-League campaign first beginning on 8 October.
Australia will face Bangladesh in Perth on 3 September and Tajikistan in Dushanbe five days later, but Franjic is not concerned by the dearth of competitive action between now and then.
“If I get chosen, I’ll be fit enough to be playing,” he told Omnisport.
Franjic completed 90 minutes for Australia in its 2-1 win over Kyrgyzstan on 16 June – the first time he had done that since 8 April – as his country kick-started its bid to qualify for Russia 2018.
Due to a raft of injuries in 2014-2015, the 27-year-old only played four league games for Torpedo Moscow last term.
Franjic could not ignore the opportunity for regular game-time when City came calling last month.
“That was one of the reasons [for] coming back, I could have stayed in Europe or come back but I wanted to sort my future out before I went into the World Cup qualifiers,” the versatile full-back said.
“So [my goal this season is to play] as m
Franjic broke his contract with Torpedo in April due to unpaid wages but has seemingly put that chapter behind him.
“It was difficult because I was injured 80 per cent of the time there, so the club wasn’t happy that I was getting injured on international duty but that’s football, it’s part of the game, so I’m back now and looking forward to the season ahead,” he said.
Franjic has played 19 matches for Australia and was a key part of Postecoglou’s squad that won the AFC Asian Cup in January.
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