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Vermeulen ready for Assen return

Two months after his crash at Phillip Island, Australia's Chris Vermeulen comes back to WSB

CHRIS VERMEULEN will make his return to World Superbikes this weekend, having made a partial recovery from knee injuries sustained at the opening round of the 2010 championship at Phillip Island two months ago.

Vermeulen will make his return at Assen, where he'll join up with Tom Sykes again on the factory Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10Rs, seen above in a photo snapped by the man himself this morning.

Vermeulen:

"Just arrived at Assen and man its cold barely 8 degrees! Forecast is to warm up over the weekend which is good," Vermeulen said via Twitter this morning.

"My knee is improving every day since I had keyhole surgery over a week ago and I have a good feeling in most of its range. The difficult part now is getting enough bend but also strength and stability in my knee to race at Assen because I don't want to turn up to just ride around. I am getting physiotherapy every day and it's still a week until I need to be on the bike so I am optimistic that in that time it will have improved even more by then. I really enjoy racing at Assen and have had successful results there in both Superbikes and in MotoGP, I also get a lot of support there because of my Dutch heritage. I therefore hope that I can put on a good show and be fit enough to compete and join the team once again."

British BSB rider Simon Andrews stood in for the Australian at the third round of the Championship from Valencia a fortnight ago, but had a disastrous weekend after crashing at high speed on the start-finish straight.

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