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Posted on 11 February 2011  - 12:00

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart will miss Saturday’s trip to Sunderland but Jonathan Woodgate is in the squad for the Premier League clash.

Team News

Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart will miss Saturday’s trip to Sunderland but Jonathan Woodgate is in the squad for the Premier League clash.

The defender, who has been blighted by groin trouble, played his first 90 minutes of football since November 2009 in Wednesday’s Spurs XI friendly with QPR.

‘Woody’ was previously on the First Team bench for our win at Blackburn last week but Harry Redknapp feels the 31-year-old has taken another significant step forward.

However, the aforementioned injured trio will not travel to the North East as they continue to recover from back, appendix and calf injuries respectively, with the manager still unsure whether they will be fit to face AC Milan in the Champions League next week.

Harry said: “They’re all struggling at the moment. Luka’s had his appendix operation and has just started jogging so he’s not fit for tomorrow.

“Rafa’s got a calf strain and is not fit for tomorrow, and Gareth is coming back slowly from his back injury and is unavailable as well.

“Hopefully they won’t be too long. It’s difficult to know [whether they will be fit for Milan] but Sunderland’s a key game for us and I’m only worrying about that.”

On ‘Woody’, Harry continued: “Jonathan’s in the squad tomorrow. He’s had a good week and came through 90 minutes against QPR in a friendly game.

“They sent a decent team, it was a decent test for him, and he came through it fine – so he’s in the squad.”

The manager also gave an update on the progress of club captain Ledley King following groin surgery earlier this week.

Harry added: “He’s had the op, he’s back here and we’re starting to get him going again. He’s on the running machine today and working in the gym with the fitness coaches.

“Hopefully, if his groin gets sorted and we can manage his knee, we’ll have Ledley back in the not-to-distant future.”

Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Younes Kaboul (knee) also remain sidelined.