Ruiz cleared for Cottagers action

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Fulham summer signing Bryan Ruiz has been granted a work permit, with the striker now available to make his debut for the club this weekend against Blackburn.

The Costa Rican international switched from FC Twente to the Cottagers on deadline day last week, but the £10.6 million summer signing had been forced to wait to link-up with his teammates until clearance was granted from the British Embassy.

Confirmation of approval was received last night (Tuesday) though, and the 26-year-old immediately flew-in from Madrid to begin training with Martin Jol and his teammates today. He had previously been working with two members of the west London club's fitness staff due to rules preventing him from joining the club.

"I have wanted to have my first training with the group, and I signed a week ago and I could not train, but I hope to do the training tomorrow [Wednesday]. Obviously, I'm a little anxious to start a new club in a top league," said the striker.


Ruiz joins a host of returning internationals on the training ground, with Clint Dempsey coming back to Craven Cottage after playing 90 minutes for USA in a 1-0 defeat in Belgium. Moussa Dembele was an unused substitute for the hosts.

Mark Schwarzer also played the full match in Australia's 3-1 win over Saudi Arabia, whilst Stephen Kelly and Damien Duff helped the Republic of Ireland to a battling point against Russia in Moscow.

Chris Baird and Aaron Hughes suffered at the hands of Estonia during a 4-1 defeat in Tallinn, whist John Arne Riise returned from injury in a 2-0 defeat for Norway against Denmark. Brede Hangeland also played in the loss, and was disappointed with the performance post-match.

"We didn't play anywhere near as well as we wanted to play, and that is a big disappointment, but there is not much we can do about that now."

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