Rhyan Grant is on standby for an Asian Cup call up as doubts emerge over Aaron Mooy's injury ahead of the Socceroos squad being revealed tomorrow... but Grant is braced for a Graham Arnold backlash over his retro mullet hairstyle.
Grant celebrates 10 years with Sydney FC this week and admitted it was years since he last visited a barber to get his haircut while growing his business-at-the-front, party-at-the-back hairdo.
But he might have to book an appointment at the hairdresser's if he gets a green and gold call up.
"I just cut it myself these days – it's been awhile!" he admitted. "But I think I might have to get a trim.
"Arnie has a laugh in the media and says I need to cut it but he can't point fingers with the haircuts he had back in the day."
The Socceroos squad will be named in Bondi tomorrow morning but there is still confusion over the extent of key midfielder Aaron Mooy's injury.
It's understood the initial MRI scans given to the FFA by Mooy's club, Huddersfield Town, don't show an injury as bad as first feared.
Socceroos physio Phil Coles is expected to catch up with Mooy in the next few days for a first hand assessment.
But the AFC timelines mean the Socceroos have to make a decision tonight – and at the moment they believe in a worst case scenario, Mooy would at least be match fit for the knockout stages of the Asian Cup.
Australia can call on all squad members to join training from Boxing Day which is the busiest period of the year for many Premier League clubs.
If they name him in the squad though and he's withdrawn by the club because of the injury, it means he's unable to play in the Premier League until the end of the Asian Cup or until Australia is eliminated.
And that's set to cause friction between the club and country – with Mooy caught uncomfortably in the middle.
"This is the first time we've had this sort of situation in years," said one FFA insider, recalling the issues Harry Kewell and Mark Viduka had balancing club duties with national team demands.
"We'll know more once Phil Coles has seen him."
Meanwhile, Rhyan Grant was hopeful he could be on the plane to Dubai when the squad is revealed tomorrow.
(Although he nearly knocked himself out of contention with a couple of big challenges during Sydney training today...see the pic special above!)
"I'm not confident, but it would be pretty special to represent your country again," he said today. "I've got a taste for it so I definitely want to get back in there.
"We'll have to wait and see, but if that was to happen, I'd be over the moon."