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Posted on 2 December 2011  - 12:00

Rafa van der Vaart is back in the frame for Saturday's Premier League clash against Bolton.

Rafa van der Vaart is back in the frame for Saturday's Premier League clash against Bolton.

The striker missed last week's 3-1 win at West Brom after picking up a hamstring problem against Villa on November 21.

Harry Redknapp reports that Sandro is also a doubt with a groin injury.

"Rafa trained yesterday (Thursday) and he looked fine," said Harry before training on Friday morning.

"We're not looking too bad. Sandro has a bit of a problem with his groin, we can't seem to get him a run of games at the moment, he keeps getting niggles. He's the only other player struggling short-term."

Harry admitted it was a selection dilemma between Rafa and Jermain Defoe, who scored the key second goal at The Hawthorns.

He added: "Rafa's available, but Jermain's in good form and scored a great goal at West Brom last week.

"I'm very lucky, they are both outstanding players and it's a tough call between those two. To be honest, neither deserves to be left out."

Niko Kranjcar (thigh), Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (Achilles) remain out.