Dindane gets green light for FA Cup final

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Aruna Dindane looks set to be able to play for Portsmouth against Chelsea in the FA Cup final after an agreement was reached with French club Lens over the on-loan striker.

The 29-year-old Ivory Coast international has become a regular in attack for the Pompey since he arrived on a season-long loan in August, earning the penalty which Kevin-Prince Boateng scored to book Pompey's place in next month's FA Cup final with victory over Tottenham at Wembley.

"Aruna in on his way back with a letter from Lens," administrator Andrew Andronikou told BBC Sport.

"I have been told he can play the rest of our games - including the Chelsea final - and we won't have to pay any money."

Prior to the agreement the south-coast club would have been unable to play Dindane in another game without triggering a clause in his loan contract, which would require them to pay £4million to his parent club.

Portsmouth, who went into administration in February, cannot afford to pay the fee and Lens initially appeared unwilling to back down in the row.

Earlier in the season Lens were in dispute with Portsmouth over instalment payments involving Dindane's loan move as well as Nadir Belhadj's permanent transfer in December 2008.

However, Andronikou believes assurances are now in place to allow Dindane to feature in the cup final against Chelsea on May 15.

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