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Posted on 6 November 2009  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon could be back in contention for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at The Lane.

Team News

Aaron Lennon could be back in contention for Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland at The Lane.

The winger suffered an ankle injury late-on in our defeat against Stoke City last month and has sat out our last two games.

But, as manager Harry Redknapp reported in Friday's pre-match press conference, the 22-year-old has been back in training this week.

Harry said: "Aaron worked very hard on Thursday and ran well, so we'll just have to wait and see.

"I'm hoping he'll be ok but it depends on whether or not he has any reaction tomorrow [Saturday], so it's 50-50. We'll see how he feels and if he doesn't feel right then I won't take a chance."

Jermain Defoe, however, will definitely be available again following his three-match suspension for the straight red card he picked up in last month's win at Portsmouth.

And his manager feels the striker owes the team, saying: "It's nice to have Jermain available again. We've got good strikers here but he was in good goalscoring form before his suspension. Not having him cost us quite badly so he's got to make it up to us now for getting sent off."

Meanwhile, Harry also had an update on the fitness of Luka Modric, who has been out of action since August with a fractured fibula.

He added: "Luka's on his way back. He's been working with the fitness coaches and pushing on but he's not at a stage where he can get fully involved in training yet."

Sebastien Bassong also misses out after picking up a hamstring injury late on in last weekend's defeat at Arsenal, while Carlo Cudcini (back) and Giovani Dos Santos (ankle) remain sidelined.