Tom Rogic looks on during an Australian Socceroos training session in May.
Injured Socceroos star Tom Rogic has vowed to use his World Cup heartbreak as motivation to get back to his brilliant best and hopes groin surgery will allow him to play pain-free for the first time in almost 12 months.
Speaking for the first time since injury cruelled his World Cup hopes , Canberra junior Rogic is also excited at the prospect of a bright future for the Socceroos after their courageous performances in Brazil and has outlined his plans to play a major role at the next tournament in 2018.
The Socceroos will end their World Cup campaign when they play Spain early on Tuesday morning (Australian time).
Rogic flew to Glasgow on Monday to meet with his club, Celtic, and have a minor operation on his adductor to repair the injury, which ruined his World Cup dream just 10 days before the tournament began.
The 21-year-old said watching the World Cup fuelled his desire to take part at the next tournament in Russia in 2018.
"Injuries happen in football, it's about how you deal with it and bounce back from it," he told The Canberra Times. "That's the most important thing and I'm confident for the future. I wish I was there, but it wasn't meant to be this time around.
"Four years ago I was the bloke from Canberra who never got picked for anything. Things change quickly and I'm grateful for the position I'm in. Four years is a long time, but of course I hope to be there next time."
Rogic will need between six and eight weeks to recover from surgery to release his adductor tendon.
Rogic spent a week in Canberra before returning to Glasgow for surgery, using his time at home to come to grips with missing out on living his childhood dream in Brazil.
The Socceroos have lost both their games at the World Cup, but have earned respect for their defiant performances against Chile and the Netherlands.
"The boys' performances in Brazil have been excellent and they've surprised everyone,'' Rogic said. "The future is bright, and that's exciting."
Fellow injured Socceroo and Canberra junior Carl Valeri has backed Rogic to be a crucial cog in Australia's bid to make the next World Cup.
Valeri also missed the World Cup after an ankle injury, and has signed to play for the Melbourne Victory in the next A-League season.
"Tommy is young and ... his potential is obviously massive, and although he missed this World Cup I believe if he was 100 per cent fit he would be out there making a difference for Australia," he Valerisaid.
"He should put this in the memory bank for experience and remember what it feels like to miss out and take it into the next World Cup.
"We don't need to put the weight of the world on his shoulders; he's just got to make his own way and do thing his way. I believe he can do it; he's just got to get regular game time."
Rogic is hoping to bounce back into the national team for the Asian Cup, which will be played in Australia early next year.
"That is on my radar. My main focus is to get fit and playing again, but there's no doubt I want to be a part of the Asian Cup," Rogicsaid.
Rogic first injured his groin while playing for Celtic in the Scottish Premier League. He attempted to manage the injury, which was debilitating one day and fine the next.
After being left out of the Socceroos squad for the World Cup, Rogic flew to Glasgow to meet with Celtic officials to decide the best path back to fitness.
He has three years remaining on his Celtic contract and is determined to get back to his best.
"I just want to get [the injury] sorted. It's been an ongoing thing, a pretty common injury for players," Rogic said.
"I don't consider myself out of the usual or an injury that's never been seen. I'm very confident that I'll bounce back and be fine; it's just getting it sorted now.
"The injury was restricting me too much. Towards the end it was difficult to get around the pitch let alone do the things I wanted to do. It wasn't to be [in Brazil], but it's behind me now and I'll look forward to the future."