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Posted on 24 December 2010  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has positive news from the treatment room ahead of our Boxing Day clash at Villa.

Team news

Harry Redknapp has positive news from the treatment room ahead of our Boxing Day clash at Villa.

Rafael van der Vaart, Younes Kaboul, Niko Kranjcar and Jermaine Jenas are all back in the frame after recent injuries.

Rafa and Younes might have returned last weekend at Blackpool had the game survived the weather.

Niko and JJ have trained this week after hamstring and calf injuries respectively. Both were injured in our final Champions League group match at FC Twente.

William Gallas is also approaching full fitness after picking up a hamstring injury in training before the Chelsea match on December 12.

"William's not too far away, I don't think he'll be ready for Villa, but we're looking at next weekend," said Harry on Friday.

"He's made a fantastic recovery but Michael (Dawson) is back, Younes is fit again and Seb (Bassong) has done a great job for us, so we're in good shape."

Ledley King (groin) remains out with longer-term Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Jamie O'Hara (back).