King available for Chelsea visit

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Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King is likely to be available for the visit of Chelsea on Thursday.

The England international has endured constant knee problems of late, but has already made more appearances this season than in the whole of last term.

With King having to play 20 games this season to earn a new contract, the 31-year-old will be keen to feature against The Blues, and manager Harry Redknapp has praised the defender's powers of recovery.

“Ledley got carried off from the training ground two weeks ago and I thought we wouldn’t see him for three months but he was fantastic and I hope he’ll be OK,” Redknapp said.

King isn't the only injury worry for Spurs, with Aaron Lennon expected to be out until the New Year with a hamstring problem.

The winger limped out of the weekend's victory over Sunderland and Redknapp has already confirmed the 24-year-old will be out for several weeks.

However, there is better news surrounding Gareth Bale and Jermain Defoe, who were both absent for the Spurs' sixth win in eight games.

Bale missed the clash with an ankle injury, while Defoe was out with a hamstring tear.

Both are expected to return for the derby with Chelsea, and game that could prove pivotal to Spurs' title aspirations.

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