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Posted on 19 November 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has positive news on the injury front ahead of the big one at Arsenal on Saturday.

Team news

Harry Redknapp has positive news on the injury front ahead of the big one at Arsenal on Saturday.

As well as Jermain Defoe back in the squad after a 10-week lay-off - reported here - the manager was hopeful that Aaron Lennon would make it after his hamstring problem.

There was also good news on long-termers Michael Dawson (ankle) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin).

On the other side of the coin, however, Tom Huddlestone is now out for around three months with an ankle injury while Robbie Keane (ankle) and Ledley King (groin) remain out.

Niko Kranjcar is also a doubt after picking up a calf injury on international duty for Croatia on Wednesday.

Harry reported: "We've roughly the same group as last week.

"Aaron Lennon has trained all week and will hopefully be available tomorrow. We'll see how he is after (training) this morning.

"Niko got a kick on the calf playing for Croatia, he's struggling a little with that and Robbie Keane is still not quite ready to return, he's had an ankle problem.

"Jermain has trained all week and will be back in the squad. It's great to have him back.

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"Michael Dawson is improving, he's coming on well. He's going to work this morning with Tim Sherwood's group and do some ball work outside for the first time. He'll step it up a bit today.

"We're taking our time with Ledley. He's still not right with his groin problem but there is progress and hopefully he won't be too long.

"Jonathan has worked hard and has had a good month now with the fitness coaches and the physios.

"They have been encouraged by the progress he's made. He has to go through a 'pre-season' as such starting next week, a month of intense, hard work.

"If he comes through that okay there will be light at the end of the tunnel for him.

"No-one could have worked harder than Jonathan to get fit and things are looking more positive, so we're all hoping."