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Posted on 17 August 2007  - 12:00

Gareth Bale and Young-Pyo Lee have returned to training but Martin Jol still has a host of injuries to deal with as he prepares for Derby County at the Lane on Saturday (August 18, 3pm).

Gareth Bale and Young-Pyo Lee have returned to training but Martin Jol still has a host of injuries to deal with as he prepares for Derby County at the Lane on Saturday (August 18, 3pm).

Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee), Dimitar Berbatov (groin), Michael Dawson (ankle), Younes Kaboul (hamstring), Ledley King, Aaron Lennon (both knee) and Teemu Tainio (viral chest infection) are all sidelined for the visit of the Rams.

However, there are more positive signs from Assou-Ekotto, Dawson and Lennon.

Martin Jol reported on Thursday: "Benoit Assou-Ekotto will start his conditioning work on Monday and although Michael Dawson is still out, he'll start running again this weekend.

"Aaron Lennon is in the final stages of his rehabilitation and should be back by the end of August.

"Dimitar Berbatov has had this groin problem before, that could take a couple of weeks and we'll have a scan to find out the full extent of Younes Kaboul's injury but it's a pulled hamstring and he'll be out for three to four weeks."

Asked if he'd ever encountered such problems at the start of a season, Martin added: "We've known about Ledley, Aaron and Gareth Bale from day one so the real problems are Younes, Teemu, Michael and Younes, because they've all happened in the last week."