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Posted on 1 November 2006  - 12:00

It's good and bad news on the injury front as Martin Jol prepares for Club Brugge in the UEFA Cup at the Lane on Thursday night.

It's good and bad news on the injury front as Martin Jol prepares for Club Brugge in the UEFA Cup at the Lane on Thursday night.

The good news sees Didier Zokora back in training after his illness and Steed Malbranque training well after his hernia operation and closing in on a return to action.

However, the bad news is that Paul Stalteri has suffered medial ligament damage in his knee, Calum Davenport may need an operation on his troublesome groin and Teemu Tainio has had a slight setback on his way back from hernia surgery. Lee Young-Pyo remains out with an ankle injury.

Martin reported: "Didier Zokora is back as well after illness, so that is very positive. I thought it could take a couple of weeks but he was training again in eight days, trained Friday, Saturday and is looking good. He could even come into consideration.

"Paul Stalteri has a medial ligament strain in his knee. He did that against MK Dons but played on because he has that mentality but he could now be out for a couple of weeks.

"Calum Davenport went to Germany with our medical staff to see a specialist about his groin problem. He may need an operation and could be out for two or three weeks.

"Teemu Tainio had a problem with an old foot injury when he came back from his hernia, but he's started training again today. He could be out for another three weeks. Lee Young-Pyo has an ankle strain and bruising and it will be another five or six days.

"Steed Malbranque is doing well, has trained with us and hopefully could be in consideration soon, so that's a positive thing."