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I've got 48 hours to get fit: Kewell

By Paul Mulvey 11/02/2003 05:26:22 AM Comments (0)

Key playmaker Harry Kewell was giving himself until the last possible moment to be fit for Australia's soccer international against England in London on Wednesday night.

Kewell didn't train with the Australian squad on Monday because of the hamstring injury which kept him out of Leeds United's last two games.

He received treatment from team physio Les Gelis and survived some sharp sprint work.

"I'm getting treatment 24 hours a day and I've got 48 hours to get right," Kewell said.

"I leave myself in the hands of the physios, I was just doing what I was told to do.

"There was no question in my mind that I wasn't going to come down (to join the Socceroo squad).

"If I'm fit, hopefully I'll be there. I've 48 hours to prepare for it."

If he does play at Upton Park on Wednesday, he will be defying Leeds boss Terry Venables who had said he would impose the unwritten rule that anyone unfit for a weekend premiership match could not play in a midweek international.

Fellow midfielder Josip Skoko joined Kewell with Gelis at Tottenham's training ground north of London after corking his calf on the weekend while playing for his Belgian club Racing Genk.

Marco Bresciano missed his flight from Italy and was due to join the 18-man squad late Monday night at its base in Essex.

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