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Posted on 11 December 2009  - 12:00

Luka Modric is back in the squad for the first time since August as we take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Lane in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

Team News

Luka Modric is back in the squad for the first time since August as we take on Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Lane in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The midfielder has not featured since fracturing his fibula in our early-season victory over Birmingham City but, after coming through 70 minutes of Tuesday's friendly against Grays Athletic, he is back in the fold.

And although manager Harry Redknapp admits the Croatian is unlikely to start the clash with Mick McCarthy's men, he expressed his delight at having Luka available again.

In Friday's press conference at Spurs Lodge, Harry said: "Luka came through the reserve game and he was fine, which is good for us.

"It's good to have him back and available again. It's a bit early to start him at the moment but he'll be involved on Saturday.

"He's a great player and one you obviously miss. We're lucky Niko [Kranjcar] has come in for us and played so well in that position during his absence and I could see them both playing in the same team at some point.

"But we need Luka back because he opens doors, he sees a pass or makes a dribble that causes the opposition problems - he's a super player."

But the news was less positive on Ledley King as he also attempted a comeback from his hamstring problem against Grays.

The defender aggravated his troublesome knee in the opening stages of the match and is ruled out for the Wolves game along with fellow defender Jonathan Woodgate, who is still struggling with a groin injury.

Harry reported: "Ledley jarred his knee again the other day in the game and it's swollen up quite badly.

"It's a shame because he was looking great after working hard with the fitness coaches for the last three weeks. He was just short of a game so we fixed up a friendly for him Luka and Giovani [Dos Santos] also.

"They all played in the game but with Ledley it was just a freak accident. He got hit in the face with the ball, it knocked him off balance as he was jumping and his knee jarred into the turf as he landed.

"Hopefully the swelling will settle down in a few days and it won't be too long before he's back playing the way he was last season when he was so good for us.

"And hopefully it will be the same with ‘Woody', who's also on the road to recovery."

Meanwhile, Wilson Palacios has been training and could be available for selection against the Black Country side having picked up a rib injury late on in last Sunday's draw at Everton.