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Posted on 28 July 2007  - 12:00

Martin Jol reported that Dimitar Berbatov is available for selection for the Vodacom Challenge Final against Orlando Pirates this afternoon.

Martin Jol reported that Dimitar Berbatov is available for selection for the Vodacom Challenge Final against Orlando Pirates this afternoon.The striker, who scored in the opening game against Kaizer Chiefs, missed our first encounter with the Pirates due to a minor foot injury.

Teemu Tainio is also fit for involvement at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium after completing his rehabilitation following a knee problem, sustained on international duty at the end of the season.

The only players not available for the conclusion of our tour of South Africa are Anthony Gardner and Phil Ifil.

"Dimitar is fit after missing our last game and he will start," said Martin. "Phil Ifil is out with a tight hamstring and Anthony Gardner has a little back problem so they will not play, but everyone else is fine."

Meanwhile, Martin was quick to dismiss a number of speculative newspaper reports that have emerged over the past few days.

"I have read some of the reports from back home and I can only say that I hope our fans are applying their usual dose of healthy scepticism."