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Posted on 6 January 2012  - 12:00

Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson are back to face Cheltenham in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson are back to face Cheltenham in the FA Cup tomorrow.

Winger Aaron was in fine form before picking up a hamstring injury against Sunderland on December 18.

Meanwhile, central defender Michael returns after recovering from a long-term Achilles problem that has kept him out since August.

“It’s great to have Michael coming back, he’s been out quite a while now,” said Harry Redknapp on Friday morning.

“He’s worked hard to get back to fitness and is looking forward to playing.

“Aaron looks fine as well, he trained yesterday and he’s ready to play as well, which is great.”

It’s not all good news though as Harry ruled out William Gallas, Sandro and Scott Parker.

“Sandro and William Gallas both have calf injuries, they are definitely not fit,” reported Harry. “We’re not sure how long they are going to be.

“Scott is not fit either. He took a bad bang on the knee at Swansea. We’ll have to wait and see on that one as well.”

Harry said he will make changes for the third round tie at the Lane.

“We will change it around,” added the manager. “That’s no disrespect to Cheltenham, but we’ve played the same players (over Christmas and New Year) and we can’t keep playing them. We need to use the squad.

“But we will still field a team of international players, we want to make sure we get through.”