Australia will be forced into at least one change to their starting line up for Friday's Asian Cup clash against Palestine and Rhyan Grant looks set to be the beneficiary.
The Sydney FC defender's whirlwind few months where he has recovered from anterior cruciate ligament surgery to Socceroos starter was all but confirmed on Wednesday when coach Graham Arnold ruled out Josh Risdon for Friday's Group B fixture.
Risdon has barely trained after coming off at half time during last Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Jordan in Al Ain with a groin injury.
With Arnold putting a line through the Western Sydney Wanderer defender's name, Grant is expected to win only his fourth international cap in a game the Socceroos cannot afford to lose.
"If I was to play from the start I'd be over the moon," Grant said.
"This squad's got some great depth so I'm just happy to be here but if I get to start I'd be stoked about it."
The 27-year-old only debuted for Australia in November in a 3-0 win over Lebanon in Sydney, after severely injuring his knee in training before the start of the 2017-18 A-League season and undergoing ACL surgery for a second time.
Having worked with Arnold during the coach's time at Sydney, Grant has settled into the national team set-up quickly and revelling in the atmosphere of tournament football.
"I feel like I'm getting along with all the boys and getting to know everyone so it's so far so good for me," Grant said.
"Football-wise it's always a step up. I wouldn't say I was worried about it but I was always cautious that I had to ease my way into it.
"In the first game it was about adapting, I was thrown in at halftime so there wasn't too much time to think about it, so that was a blessing for me."