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Kewell ready but decision lies with Verbeek

Australia's Harry Kewell says he is ready for World Cup action but insists that the decision remains with manager Pim Verbeek.

The Galatasaray winger has not played a full competitive match since December because of an ongoing groin injury but is back at full fitness following months of hard training in preparation for the World Cup.

After he was not used in the 4-0 loss to Germany on Monday morning, questions were asked as to why Kewell played no part in the game but now there is no question that he is ready.

"I want to play. I know I can play," Kewell said. "But the decision is entirely up to Pim Verbeek."

Verbeek confirmed that Kewell was fit but was still unsure if he would use him as a starter or a substitute against Ghana in Rustenburg on Saturday night.

"I didn't take him to have a holiday over here," Verbeek said. "He's fit, he has no problem with his injury - the question is if he can play for 90 minutes and if I'm willing to take a risk with a player.

"Harry is special for us. He's a great professional player but it's now time to find out if he's good enough to play in the World Cup."

Andrew Slevison
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