Berbatov returns to Fulham squad to face Aston Villa, confirms Jol

The Fulham boss says that the Bulgarian striker will make his comeback from injury in time to face the Villans after three weeks out.

Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed that instrumental striker Dimitar Berbatov will return to spearhead the attack in Saturday's encounter with Aston Villa at Craven Cottage.

The summer signing from Manchester United has been out of action since Sept. 29 with a hip and upper thigh problem and has been a major loss for Fulham after a bright start to his Cottagers career. Berbatov has scored two goals in three matches for Jol's side since his arrival in West London, and he will be joined in the Fulham squad by fellow striker Mladen Petric, who has shaken off a calf problem.

There's more good news for the home side as Mahamadou Diarra has recovered from a knee injury in time for the Villa clash, but fellow midfielders Simon Davies (hip) and Bryan Ruiz (groin) remain a doubt.

Aston Villa also welcome back a key player in Stephen Ireland - the midfielder has missed the Midlands side's last three games with a broken bone in his arm. Even though full back Joe Bennett should return from a leg injury suffered in Villa's last Premier League outing against Spurs, defending colleague Richard Dunne remains on the sidelines as a long term casualty.

And after a long international break, Villa manager Paul Lambert will assess the state of distant travelers before deciding on his starting lineup for the Fulham match, as Brad Guzan, Brett Holman and Karim El Ahmadi returned from the United States, Australia and Morocco, respectively.

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