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Posted on 26 July 2013  - 11:30

Andre Villas-Boas has positive news on a number of players as he prepares the squad to face South China FC in our second match of the Barclays Asia Trophy on Saturday.

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Speaking in Hong Kong this morning, Andre reported: “There are lots of improvements, bearing in mind we brought a squad with a few injuries.

“Jake Livermore has come back to training, Lewis Holtby and a couple of others have progressed and are almost there.

“Sandro is now training once again and Gareth Bale is also near to full training.

“Unfortunately, we won't see any of them involved (against South China) apart from Jake, but this is good news compared to when we arrived.”

Meanwhile, scans have revealed that Jan Vertonghen has injured the anterior talofibular ligament (ATFL) of his left ankle after falling awkwardly against Sunderland on Wednesday night.

Andre added: “Jan has damaged his ankle ligament, the ATFL and he’s most likely going to be out of training for two to three weeks.”