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Posted on 21 December 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has a number of injury concerns ahead of the big one against Chelsea on Thursday night.

Harry Redknapp has a number of injury concerns ahead of the big one against Chelsea on Thursday night.

Aaron Lennon is out with the hamstring injury he picked up against Sunderland on Sunday and Harry described Gareth Bale as ‘very doubtful’ with his ankle sprain.

Jermain Defoe and Ledley King are also doubts and the manager reported that Emmanuel Adebayor didn’t train on Wednesday with a foot injury, although he was more confident of the striker making it against the Blues.

Good news sees Younes Kaboul available again after a one-match suspension.

“Gareth’s struggling at the moment,” reported Harry on Wednesday. “He hasn’t been able to train. He’s very doubtful.

“It normally takes six or seven days for Ledley’s knee to go down, so we’ll have to wait and see how it is today and tomorrow. He’ll be 50-50 at best I would imagine.

“Jermain, again, has a bit of a hamstring. He thinks he’s got a chance, but the physio isn’t keen on him taking a chance.

“Ade’s got a foot problem, we’ll see how he is. He can’t train today, but we’re hopeful. He doesn’t miss too many games.

“Azza’s got a hamstring injury, but he shouldn’t be too long. It’s only a minor tear. He could be fit in a couple of weeks."