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Posted on 27 November 2009  - 12:00

There are no fresh injury worries for Harry Redknapp ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

Team News

There are no fresh injury worries for Harry Redknapp ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Aston Villa.

The manager has, however, given an update on injured trio Luka Modric, Ledley King and Carlo Cudicini.

Luka has been out since fracturing his fibula against Birmingham City in late August, and although his road to recovery has been a lengthy process, there is now ‘light at the end of the tunnel'.

In Friday's pre-match press conference at Spurs Lodge, Harry reported: "Luka's coming on slowly, it's been a long job for him. He's gradually getting there but still quite a way away at the moment.

"But we're seeing some light at the end of the tunnel now with him and he worked with the Academy this morning (Friday) for the first time.

"Tim Sherwood was down there with him and he said he came through the session fine, so we're starting to get there with Luka."

Ledley has been out with a hamstring injury he picked up in our victory over Sunderland earlier this month, and Harry believes managing the defender's injury problems carefully is the key to a full recovery.

He added: "Ledley's had one or two problems with his hamstring and a few other niggles he's picked up.

"He's been running but we're not going to rush him back. We're going to take our time with Ledley now and get his fitness back up as best we can before he comes back again.

"We can't keep bringing him back and breaking him down, we've got to make sure that he's right when he does come back."

And there's some positive news on Carlo, who was discharged from hospital a week ago following successful operations on injuries sustained in a road accident earlier this month.

"Carlo's was at the training ground on Thursday and it was good to see him," said Harry. "He looked great and said he was feeling well.

"Hopefully he'll be back sooner rather than later. He's a great pro and if anyone is going to work hard to get fit again it will be him."

All three remain out for the trip to Villa Park, but Giovani Dos Santos has returned to full training this week after recovering from the ankle injury sustained in our Carling Cup tie at Preston North End in September.