Daniel Arzani's leap from obscurity to Socceroos reckoning will be confirmed on Monday when the Melbourne City youngster is named in Bert van Marwijk's extended Socceroos squad for the World Cup.
But the teenage prodigy can't pack his passport for Russia just yet, with a number of hurdles before he can link up with the Australia squad for the tournament.
Van Marwijk will name a 32-man squad in Sydney on Monday, with Arzani's name expected to be one of those called.
Each of the 26 players - led by Mile Jedinak and Tim Cahill - named in last month's friendlies with Norway and Colombia will be retained in the provisional list.
That means Arzani will be one of five A-League-based players in the hunt for Russia: joining James Troisi, Josh Risdon, Josh Brillante and Dimitri Petratos.
Van Marwijk had only a clutch of matches to assess Arzani before the March friendlies and was reluctant to take a chance on the 19-year-old so early in his career.
With exposed form that earned the City flyer the A-League young player of the year award, the Dutchman is now treating Arzani's chances of heading to Russia seriously.
After Monday, the bulky squad will be cut to 26 players a week later to travel for a pre-tournament training camp in Turkey and friendlies in Austria and Hungary.
The Hunger Games-style whittling of players is designed to ensure maximum effort from the contenders over the next month, prior to Australia's tournament opener with France on June 16.
It also gives van Marwijk room to move in the case of injuries, with a number of Socceroos being closely monitored.
Ryan McGowan is unlikely to make the cut with no football since February due to knee surgery.
Selection hopeful Brandon Borrello, who has enjoyed a breakout campaign in Germany's second division, is out after an ACL injury last month.
FFA is waiting to hear a full assessment of a shoulder injury to Andrew Nabbout, suffered in the forward's first full start for J.League side Urawa Red Diamonds, but believe it won't impact his selection.
Matt Jurman's return to action in Korea over the last fortnight has eased the mind of selectors, eager to firm up a defence that was ruthlessly exposed with a 4-1 loss in Norway.
Trent Sainsbury is also fit and firing, though fellow Swiss-based Socceroo Tomi Juric suffered a minor ankle injury last week and didn't play for his club Luzern.
Both Juric and Bailey Wright, who missed Bristol City's match on the weekend with quad tightness, will be fine.
The final World Cup squad of 23 will be chosen after Australia's last lead-in friendly on June 9 in Budapest.