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PAUL'S TARGET

Posted on 4 August 2006  - 12:00

Paul Stalteri is on target for a return to his favourite stadium in Germany as we take on Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

Paul Stalteri is on target for a return to his favourite stadium in Germany as we take on Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The Canadian international is back in the squad after suffering an ankle injury in our pre-season training camp in France that forced him out of action for the last two weeks including the friendlies against Stevenage, Birmingham and Inter Milan.

He hopes to make his comeback in our friendly at the magnificent Westfalenstadion – the 80,000 capacity home of Borussia Dortmund and recent host of the World Cup semi-final between Germany and Italy.

“I'm almost there in terms of full fitness so hopefully I'll be able to play some part of the game but that's all down to the manager,” reported Paul.

“I'm certainly getting close and if I can get the next couple of weeks under my belt I'm sure I'll be okay for the start of the season.

“It would be great to play at Dortmund again. It's a stadium a little like Manchester United in that it's a massive stadium that has been expanded. It's about 80,000 now for the capacity and when I last played there with Werder Bremen we had about 80-81,000 there, a record for the league.

“It's a fantastic arena and there is a stand behind one of the goals that holds about 30,000 fans. It was my favourite stadium in Germany to go and play and one of the best in the world, without a doubt.”

If he plays, Paul could also come up against a player he knows very well from his days in Germany.

“Yes, they've signed one of the lads I played with in Werder Bremen, Nelson Valdez, a Paraguay international who played in the World Cup," he said.

“He's a feisty type of player who likes to get around the field. He'll be a big signing for them. They've lost a couple of big players though most notably Rosicky to Arsenal and Koller so they'll have to adapt their system.”