Bandaged and battered, Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic has drawn praise from coach Graham Arnold for his efforts in Australia's Asian Cup win over Palestine.
Rogic was one of the Socceroos' best in a dominant 3-0 win at Dubai's Rashid Stadium which kickstarted Australia's campaign after a disappointing defeat in their tournament opener against Jordan last Sunday.
The Celtic star's left-footed cross in the 18th minute was headed home by Jamie Maclaren for the striker's first goal in an Australian shirt.
The strike proved a pressure-relief valve as Australia went on to score just two minutes later through Awer Mabil before a late third by substitute Apostolos Giannou capped the win.
Rogic had endured a disrupted build-up to the game after breaking a bone in his left hand during that 1-0 loss to the Jordanians in Al Ain.
After the win, Arnold revealed that wasn't the only niggle the 26-year-old took into the match.
"Not only did he have a broken hand but he also had a sprained ankle from the game against Jordan," Arnold said.
"Tomi, that's how much pride he has in playing for the country. He loves playing for Australia. He's very proud to play for Australia. He's gone through a little bit with obviously the hand situation but he was fantastic."
The former futsal star, who emerged as a teenager during Arnold's time in charge of the Central Coast Mariners, will again be crucial on Tuesday when the Socceroos look to seal their progression to the knockout stages of the Asian Cup against Syria in Al Ain.
"It was a very young front line, with a lot of energy with Mabil and Jamie and Tomi Rogic - outstanding with what he's been going through the last few days with his hand," Arnold said.
"At the end of the day it's a pleasing performance but I expect that we'll get much better and better as we go."