Despite a rotten injury run, Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has no plans to finish up with the national team and has set his sights on defending the Asian Cup.

Jedinak, 33, is back in the Australian squad for the first time in five months.

He's arrived in the nick of time, as the Socceroos face Honduras this week in a home-and-away playoff for a place at the World Cup.

From early 2017, Jedinak played through the pain of a groin injury.

Mile Jedinak tunes up for Honduras clash
For the first time since April, Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak has managed two matches in a week, returning to action for club side Aston Villa.

After helping to steady the ship at English club Aston Villa, he took a couple of months off in a bid to be fit for the Confederations Cup.

Realising he needed surgery after one match back - the World Cup qualifying win over Saudi Arabia - Jedinak wasn't sighted in action again until September.

But after a couple of substitute appearances for Villa, Jedinak believes he's ready to return.

"When you have the sort of procedure I had you almost forget what normal feels like as daft as that sounds," he said.

"It's been a drawn out process however I've definitely done the work and now I'm really looking forward to ... hopefully playing the rest of the season injury free."

Like many Australian soccer fans, Jedinak has been a frustrated onlooker as Ange Postecoglou's side missed direct qualification for Russia.

Postecoglou's midfield warrior has put his hand up to play a first 90-minute match since June on Saturday (AEDT).

"I can sit here and say I'm feeling great ... and feeling fresh," he says.

"Obviously, ideally, you would have wanted to play more games.

"I had the same situation in June almost and I got through 90 minutes there okay; you wouldn't have been able to tell I had an injury.

Cahill on track for Honduras match-up
Socceroos medical staff are telling Ange Postecoglou that Tim Cahill should be able to feature in Friday's (Saturday AEDT) World Cup qualifier with Honduras.

"Knowing I've done some things in the past to get through ... I like to think I'm going to be in an OK place."

That same confidence leads Jedinak to believe he'll line up at the 2019 Asian Cup, when the Socceroos will defend their title in the UAE.

"Having had a little spell away, (international retirement) is probably one of the furthest things on my mind," he said.

"I know I had this setback but I'm feeling fresh in the mind.

"You love playing for your national team and you'd hate to be told you can't."