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Posted on 1 February 2011  - 12:00

Jonathan Woodgate is back in the squad for our trip to Blackburn on Wednesday night and could even start at Ewood Park.

Team News

Jonathan Woodgate is back in the squad for our trip to Blackburn on Wednesday night and could even start at Ewood Park.

The defender has been out of action with groin trouble since our 9-1 win over Wigan in November, 2009.

Since his recovery, ‘Woody’ has featured in two recent Spurs XI games with no side effects, although he is yet to play a full 90 minutes.

But due to injuries to Ledley King and Younes Kaboul, as well as the suspension of Michael Dawson, Harry Redknapp is short on numbers at centre-half.

So the manager admits he may consider bringing the 31-year-old back into action sooner than he had anticipated.

Harry said: “He’s not played a game of any note but he’s in my mind because he’s such a fantastic player.

“I’m dreaming he can come in and be somewhere near what he was straight away, but it’s not going to be easy and I’ll have to think about that one today.

“He’ll be involved in some way but I’ve got a mind to throw him in at the deep end. I’ll think about it [starting him] today and see how he looks this morning, but it’s a big ask for him.”

Harry is also hopeful that Wilson Palacios will return from a knee injury for the trip to Lancashire, but Tom Huddlestone and Gareth Bale remain sidelined with King, Kaboul and the suspended Dawson.