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Posted on 10 December 2010  - 12:00

Luka Modric is back in the frame to face Chelsea on Sunday.

Team news

Luka Modric is back in the frame to face Chelsea on Sunday.

The midfielder has recovered from the illness that kept him out of Wednesday night's draw at FC Twente in the Champions League.

"Luka's okay," reported first team coach Joe Jordan before training on Friday morning.

"He trained on Wednesday and it was just a safety precaution (at Twente) because he was feeling the effects of a bug."

Further good news sees Younes Kaboul set to return to training today after recovering from a hip injury.

"Younes will come out and train this morning and that will be his first day back with the team," reported Joe.

"If he comes through that session and continues tomorrow, he'll be in the squad."

However, we've lost the services of Jermaine Jenas and Niko Kranjcar, who picked up calf and hamstring injuries respectively against FC Twente.

Joe added: "It's disappointing for JJ, he's had a recurrence of his calf injury, so he's not in the running for Chelsea."

Rafa van der Vaart hasn't yet recovered fully from his hamstring injury and remains on the sidelines with longer-term injured Ledley King (groin), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin).