Phil Neville says Tim Cahill was inconsolable after his World Cup red card.
Cahill was dismissed in Australia's 4-0 defeat to Germany and is waiting to discover if he will miss one or two games as a result.
Neville, his Club skipper at Everton, said he felt for the midfield talisman.
"When I saw Tim Cahill receive a red card I knew instantly how much it would affect him, said Neville. "I instantly sent him a text and he got back to me shortly after; needless to say he was inconsolable.
"There was no point telling him to keep his chin up or anything like that; no words can comfort in such moments and all I could do was tell him that if he wanted to talk, I was only too happy to listen.
"I know how much effort Tim has put into making sure he is in peak physical condition for this tournament; he has looked after himself, worked tirelessly for Everton and at the same time geared himself up for South Africa.
Cahill will definitely miss the Socceroos' game against Ghana on Saturday but Neville still expects his clubmate to have an impact - even though he won't be on the pitch.
Neville continued: "He’s Australia’s talisman, an icon Down Under, and to have his dreams squashed by a referee who was too hasty to reach for his pocket is desperate. I know all the lads at Everton will be gutted for him.
"But these things happen and it’s important Tim calls on his experience to help his team-mates when they need him; he is an infectious character, someone who is bubbly and great to have around the place and those qualities must come to the fore now.
"Australia need to bounce back and though Tim would want to help by being on the pitch against Ghana, he’s got to have an input from the sidelines. Knowing him as I do, I don’t doubt for one minute he will do anything else."