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Carmelo Anthony fit and ready to go for Knicks in London Global Game

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The New York Knicks will be able to call upon the services of Carmelo Anthony when they take to the court for Thursday's Global Game in London after the veteran star, and his teammates, confirmed his fitness ahead of the fixture.

Anthony has been struggling with a knee injury for much of the season, missing the Knicks' previous six games in a bid to prolong his campaign, but it looks like a few days extra rest have helped the perennial All-Star in his bid to return to action.

Fitness boost

With Melo the headline act heading into the New York Knicks vs Milwaukee Bucks match up in London it would certainly provide a huge boost to the NBA Global Games initiative, not to mention Coach Fisher's plans.

"The injury is alright," Anthony told the media at Wednesday's open practice at the o2 Arena.

"I'm still looking forward to hopefully being out there tomorrow night."

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Anthony's return would certainly be welcomed by the franchise. While the veteran's form has been far from impeccable when on the court this season the Knicks have struggled hugely without him.

The team is currently on a franchise-record breaking run of 15 straight losses and fellow members of the Knicks roster were under no illusions as to the impact Anthony can have - both in the game and in the stands.

"Melo is back," pronounced A'mare Stoudemire when asked to sell the game to fans.

"That's it baby. I assume (Anthony is playing) yeah."

Long season

The London game may well be the main focus at present, and a target that Carmelo Anthony feels he can meet in terms of his comeback. But the former Nuggets man also made it clear that playing in London wouldn't be followed by a further lay off.

"But once I am back, it is not just about London. Once I play, then I am going to continue."

The game itself sold out in under an hour and will mark the forth consecutive year in which an NBA regular-season game has been held in London.

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