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Bordeaux midfielder Vladimir Smicer's World Cup injury fears have been allayed.

The Czech international has been sidelined since February with a thigh injury, but could be back in the side before the end of the season.

The former Liverpool man visited a specialist in Munich last week, and his recovery is believed to be promising.

Serge Dubeaux, Les Girondins' doctor is confident: "The lesion has started to heal. Smicer should start to run again this week, and play one or two games before the end of the season."

The 32-year-old had previously expressed his fears of missing the World Cup this summer, but it now seems likely that he will be able to join his Czech Republic team-mates in Germany.