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Posted on 17 April 2009  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe is back in contention for Sunday's home clash against Newcastle.

Team news

Jermain Defoe is back in contention for Sunday's home clash against Newcastle.

The striker returned to full training this week after a 10-week stint on the sidelines with a fractured foot and he's in line for an immediate recall to the squad with fellow forward Roman Pavlyuchenko struggling with a back problem.

"Jermain's in good form, he's trained all week and he looks sharp," reported Harry Redknapp on Friday afternoon.

"It's great to have him back and there is every chance he could be involved on Sunday.

"We're not sure if Roman is going to be fit, his back is sore and he's doubtful - we'll wait to see how he is on Saturday."

Wilson Palacios returns from a one-match suspension but Harry said that Jermaine Jenas was still struggling with the hamstring injury that forced him off at half-time against West Ham last weekend.