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MIDO UPDATE

Posted on 18 April 2006  - 12:00

Martin Jol reports that Mido is determined to be fit for Saturday's crucial derby at Arsenal.

Martin Jol reports that Mido is determined to be fit for Saturday's crucial derby at Arsenal.

The Egyptian striker missed the Easter weekend games against Everton and Manchester United with a groin injury.

Head Coach Martin said: "We missed him in the last 20 minutes against United because in the circumstances we were in, looking to try and get that equaliser, you would love to have a big man up front. Mido gives us that option."

Martin reacted angrily to a newspaper report suggesting that Mido had left without permission before the game.

"Mido came in for an early fitness test but it was just too painful for him. We all agreed he was not fit to play, we also thought he might have a bit of an infection so it was sensible that he returned home. He desperately wanted to play. All season he has been training hard and I know he wants to help us get results in the last few matches.

"It's an injury that has niggled away at him, but I expect him to be out on the training ground again in the next 48 hours and I can assure you that he will do everything again this week to be available for Arsenal."