Socceroos star Harry Kewell won't be rushed back into Australia's squad for the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign despite finally settling his club future by joining Melbourne Victory.
Kewell officially signed with the A-League club on Saturday but won't start training with the team until next month.
This means he is likely to be overlooked for Holger Osieck's 23-man squad named on Tuesday for Friday week's qualifier with Thailand in Brisbane and the away trip to Saudi Arabia four days later.
Kewell, who starred for Australia at the Asian Cup, has missed the friendly matches against New Zealand, Serbia and Wales this year due to fitness concerns, with a friendly match and home qualifier against Oman in October shaping up as his probable international return.
Osieck is expected to keep faith with a familiar-looking squad following the 2-1 win over Wales in Cardiff earlier this month, with veterans Mark Bresciano and Vince Grella unlikely to be recalled despite being named in an extended 32-man squad submitted to the AFC last week.
The pair, who have not featured for Australia since last year's World Cup, remain on Osieck's radar but have little match time under their belts.
Bresciano recently joined UAE club Al Nasr and Grella has not appeared in Blackburn's opening two matches of the English Premier League season.
The squad will likely be led by captain Lucas Neill, who has joined Bresciano in the Middle East by linking with Abu Dhabi-based club Al Jazira.
Injury doubts hover over Brett Emerton (hamstring) and Michael Zullo (calf), though both should be available for selection, while Osieck could welcome back midfielder Brett Holman, striker Josh Kennedy and defender Sasa Ognenovski after they missed the win over Wales.
Kennedy continues to impress with Japanese club side Nagoya Grampus and is the top scorer in the J-League this season with 11 goals.
His return could come at the expense of Scott McDonald, despite the Middlesbrough marksman putting in a strong showing against Wales, or Robbie Kruse, who is settling in with his new German club Fortuna Dusseldorf.
The German coach must also pick from a host of fringe players but Adelaide defender Jon McKain could have the inside running for one of the defensive spots given he recently played with Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.
The Socceroos have to finish top two in their four-team group to progress to the next stage of World Cup qualifying.