Cottage ace set for Villa return
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Martin Jol is hopeful that Dimitar Berbatov will be fit to return for Fulham following this latest international break.
The Cottagers boss has been without the Bulgarian hitman for the past two matches against Manchester City and Sunday's 2-2 draw at Southampton because of a hip injury picked up in training.
And, while Jol revealed that the £5million summer signing from Manchester United was close to being fit to play at St Mary's at the weekend, the Dutch tactician felt it was better not to risk him and have him ready for the return to Premier League action against Aston Villa at Craven Cottage on October 20.
Jol said: "Berbatov is close. He told me on Monday he would probably play, but on Friday he still felt sore and did not want to take the risk."