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Nagoya Grampus expect Tamada to be ready for ACL semi

Nagoya Grampus coach Dragan Stojkovic is confident key striker Keiji Tamada will be fit for tonight's Asian Champions League semi-final.

The Japanese outfit take on Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad at the Prince Abdullah Al Faisal Stadium in the first leg of the two-legged semi-final and it appears as though Japan international Tamada will be available.

"Tamada suffered an injury during the national team match against Hong Kong, but we are happy to see him with the team and once he is ready, he will be among my squad on Wednesday," Stojkovic said.

Tamada is expected to form a deadly striker partnership with Australian international Josh Kennedy.

Stojkovic added that he had done some homework on Al-Ittihad who he describes one of the best teams in Asia.

"We have watched some video tapes of Al Ittihad's matches in the AFC Champions League and the Saudi League and I know we are going to face one of the greatest team in Asia who are experts in Asian championships," Stojkovic added.

"But we have no fears at all. From my point of view, I think that Al Ittihad's chances are better but I will put my full focus on the second-leg match which will decide who goes to the final.

"I will not disclose my tactics but we know every hing about our rivals," he concluded.

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