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Posted on 19 October 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has limited defensive options available to him when we take on holders Inter Milan in the Champions League at the San Siro on Wednesday night.

Team News

Harry Redknapp has limited defensive options available to him when we take on holders Inter Milan in the Champions League at the San Siro on Wednesday night.

Ledley King has not travelled to Italy having limped out of our victory at Fulham on Saturday with a groin injury.

The captain joins longer-term central defensive absentees Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson on the sidelines.

Younes Kaboul has been out with a hamstring injury since our win against Wolves over a month ago, and although he has made the trip, the manager will have to make a late call on the fitness of the Frenchman.

William Gallas made his return to action after a month out at Craven Cottage, so Harry is hopeful he came through that ok with Sebastien Bassong the only other fit centre-half available.

Harry said: "We haven't got great choice in there. Ledley's not fit and he's a major player for us in there as we all know.

"We've also lost Jonathan Woodgate and Michael Dawson through injury so that's three England international defenders we have missing.

"William Gallas came back from injury on Saturday and played, so hopefully he will be ok.

"But Younes Kaboul hasn't played in over a month now, five weeks I think, so we'll have to wait and see how he is after training tonight."

Rafael van der Vaart is out of the Inter game through suspension following his sending off in our last group match against FC Twente last month.

But Harry is confident he has options to cover him in Rafa's preferred role just behind the main striker, saying: "We play a certain way with Rafa and it suits him fine, but other players can play in the same type of role.

"Luka Modric can adapt and play similar to the way Rafa plays. He's a world class player so he can slot in there."

Meanwhile, midfielder Sandro is ineligible for the San Siro showdown.