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Last Updated: Monday, 9 February, 2004, 10:33 GMT
Duff keen to face Brazil
Damien Duff has been sidelined by injuries
Damien Duff hopes to be in action against Brazil
Chelsea winger Damien Duff has said he will be fit for the Republic of Ireland's friendly against Brazil on 18 February in Dublin.

Duff has not played a full game since dislocating a shoulder in a Premiership match against Fulham just before Christmas.

Since then, he made two appearances as a substitute before being sidelined again by a thigh strain.

However, Duff said he expected to play against Portsmouth on Wednesday.

"I spoke to Brian Kerr about Brazil the other day and I want to be available for it," Duff told the FAI's website.

"The injury has been a nightmare. I felt it when I came back after my shoulder injury but I played on because I had been out for so long.

"I have had to work hard in the gym for the past five weeks and I am confident the nightmare is almost over."

Kerr is due to announce his squad on Monday 9 February.

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