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Kewell 'almost 100%' fit, says Verbeek

By Guy Hand 25/05/2010 05:21:56 PM Comments (0)

He's trained, he's fit, he's ready.

Harry Kewell went through his paces with the rest of the Socceroos in Melbourne on Tuesday, and coach Pim Verbeek has declared the star attacker right on track for Australia's World Cup campaign.

The owner of Australian sport's most talked-about groin ran and trained well in a solid session for those who weren't involved in Monday night's 2-1 friendly win over New Zealand.

Kewell's injury saga looks likely to play out in daily instalments ahead of the Socceroos' World Cup opener against Germany on June 14 (Australian time).

The 30-year-old's long-standing groin injury and complications from surgery earlier this year has reduced him to just a few minutes of competitive football since January.

But as Verbeek named Kewell in the provisional 28-man squad he will take to South Africa for a pre-World Cup training camp, the coach was pains to say Kewell is not in any.

"He trained with the players who didn't train or play too much the past week, and he could do the whole training session," Verbeek said.

"Harry is physically almost 100 per cent. We're going to work a few days individually with him and we expect then he will train with the rest of the team.

"His progression is as planned, it's going perfect, and he knows it."

Verbeek said the rest of his players carrying niggling injuries, including goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, midfielder Brett Emerton and striker Josh Kennedy, would be ready for the Socceroos' opening training session in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Emerton failed to complete Tuesday's session as he battles a minor calf strain.

"Except Harry, we expect everyone on the field on the 27th (of May)," Verbeek said.

"That means full training sessions from the first second to the finish of the training."

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