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Posted on 12 January 2007  - 12:00

Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Hossam Ghaly are back in the frame for Sunday's clash against Newcastle United at the Lane - Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas are also improving.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Hossam Ghaly are back in the frame for Sunday's clash against Newcastle United at the Lane - Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas are also improving.

Both full-back Benoit and midfielder Hossam were back in full training on Friday - Benoit after a groin problem, Hossam after splitting his lip and losing teeth at Portsmouth on New Year's Day.

Martin Jol revealed that skipper Ledley (bruised foot) and midfielder JJ (ankle) could both be back within 10 days but Mido (groin) and Paul Stalteri (hip) remain sidelined.

"JJ is doing very well but needs another 10 days," reported Martin on Friday. "Ledley's bruising is much better, he's not in the protective boot anymore and hopefully he'll be back in a week to 10 days.

"Mido still has a bit of a groin strain, he's almost recovered though and is increasing his fitness.

"Paul Stalteri's injury was fine but he's had a setback after tearing a cartilage in his hip."