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Vermeulen confirms Portimao start

'I am sure it is going to be possible to ride'

KAWASAKI World Superbike contender Chris Vermeulen has said he will be at Portimao for this weekend's second round of the 2010 WSB championship, despite complicated knee injuries sustained at the opening round of the series four weeks ago.

Doctors anticipated Vermeulen would need two months to regain full fitness, after the Australian tore ligaments, cartilage and muscle following a crash at Phillip Island.

"The doctors at the Clinica Mobile have already said it is OK for me to race. On Sunday it is going to be four weeks since the accident and really I need two months for everything to heal properly," said Vermeulen.

“I sat on the bike for the first time and it is a little difficult to get my knee into position, but we can lower the foot-peg and raise the seat, do whatever we can to help that. The Clinica Mobile will tape up my knee and give me some injections for the pain.

“I am going out for practice on Friday morning to see what I can do. I am sure it is going to be possible to ride."

Doesn't sound totally convincing, does he?

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