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Posted on 23 September 2011  - 12:00

Sandro and Rafael van der Vaart are both available for Saturday’s trip to Wigan in the Barclays Premier League.

Sandro and Rafael van der Vaart are both available for Saturday’s trip to Wigan in the Barclays Premier League.

Brazilian midfielder Sandro made his long-awaited return from a knee injury in Tuesday’s Carling Cup tie at Stoke and came through 71 minutes.

Rafa also started that match having played 45 minutes in last Sunday’s win over Liverpool following a hamstring injury, and is now back to full fitness.

However, Benoit Assou-Ekotto is a doubt through illness, while Niko Kranjcar and Roman Pavlyuchenko (both hamstring) have been ruled out of the visit to the DW Stadium.

They join an injury list that includes Aaron Lennon (groin) and William Gallas (calf), who Harry Redknapp reports are both making progress and will soon be available for selection.

Aaron has returned to training today (Friday) while William came through 90 minutes of a friendly with Brentford earlier this week.

Steven Pienaar (groin) and Danny Rose (ankle) are also progressing well but remain sidelined along with Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle).