Re: Ahmad Elrich update Well, it's been a pretty eventful weekend for Aussies Abroad so I thought I'd do a bit of a wrap for the guys who are looking like being in contention for the WC (and some of those who don't). Kewell coming off in Liverpool's FA Cup semi after an outstanding game was apparently a "precaution" due to the fact that he had a twinge and his history of groin/adductor problems. They're expecting him to take the field in the final, although he'll probably be rested for Wednesday's league match against West Ham, since third is basically assured no matter the results of the last couple of rounds. Schwarzer is out for minimum two weeks with a fractured cheekbone, although they're hopeful he'll be back in time the UEFA Cup final if Middlesbrough make it. Big test for Brad Jones in the second leg of the semi though - I'll be watching with interest to see how he goes. I've been very happy with him in the first-team matches he's played this season, but he's no Schwarzer yet. Also at Boro, Viduka had a slight thigh strain that caused him to miss the FA Cup semi, but he'll definitely be back for the next match. Cahill is the biggest worry at this stage, mainly because it's unknown - he's having scans on his knee which was apparently "twisted" during a clash. They are hoping it's not to serious. With Everton's remaining games pretty much irrelevant, they can afford to rest him until the rest of the season if needed - and the break will probably do him good given the amount of football he's been playing. Stan Lazaridis is unlikely to play again this season for Birmingham due to a lingering groin problem, and the side is still looking destined for relegation despite drawing with Everton - something that should help an A-League side secure his services. Moore has lifted his game significantly since his horrible debut for Newcastle, and won MOTM in Newcastle's 3-0 win over West Brom - every match he's getting better. Alaves lost 1-0 to Atletico Madrid, and it's getting more probable that Aloisi will be looking for a new club over the summer as they're looking more and more like relegation material now. He's pretty lucky we're in the WC - the exposure should go a long way towards getting him a good move. Bresciano played half a match and Grella the whole game in a 1-1 draw with Siena, meaning they won't be in Europe next season. Bresciano is hot property and out of contract, and Parma aren't expected to hold onto him - most recently rumours have linked him with Lazio. John Filan's Wigan was unlucky to go down 1-0 at Fulham with a depleted defence. Scott McDonald played a mere 10 minutes for Motherwell, who drew 1-1 with Falkirk. On the opposing team Danny McBreen had a couple of good chances, and forced some good saves. Danny Invincible had some good chances against Aberdeen where Kilmarnock drew 0-0. Popovic played a full game in Palace's 2-1 win over Southampton despite the losing side's dominance. Palace are assured of a place in the playoffs for promotion back to the Prem. Leicester's Patrick Kisnorbo was sent off last week for an ugly, ugly tackle on Coventry's Andy Whing, and missed this week's 1-0 win over Plymouth. Skoko played in Stoke City's 1-0 loss to Coventry, and will be happy with a successful season on loan after being on the outer at Wigan. The Eiredivisie took a break before playoffs this weekend, but after Vidmar's NAC Breda suffered a 6-2 thrashing at the hands of Culina's title-winning PSV side last weekend they're condemned to the knockout to avoid relegation. On the other side of the coin, Brett Holman was instrumental in helping Excelsior Rotterdam clinch the Dutch second-division title a few weeks ago, securing them promotion to the Eiredivisie for next season. The Swiss Super League didn't play this weekend either, but Chipperfield and Sterjovski's Basel are 6 points clear at the top of the Super League with 4 rounds to go. Milicevic's FC Thun are out of the running for the title but will be happy with making the group stages of the Champions League for the first time, and finishing a strong third in a tough group. Milicevic has been linked with several clubs in the Bundesliga and is tipped for a move in the summer, possibly to Hamburg SV or Wolfsburg. Kalac did not play in Milan's rough 3-1 win over Messina, which resulted in several injuries, although Dida remains fit and healthy.