Tottenham Hotspur: Injury Relief for Spurs as Sandro and Gallas Near Return

Sean BabcockCorrespondent IISeptember 19, 2011

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 07:  William Gallas of Spurs on the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Blackpool at White Hart Lane on May 7, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Tottenham Hotspur will see a bit of relief to the injury woes that haunted them early in the season as William Gallas and Sandro are both expected to reach match-worthy fitness in time for the club's Carling Cup clash with Stoke City on Tuesday.

Both players were purchased by the club in 2010, and Gallas in particular became a regular feature on Tottenham's first-team squad. But neither player has appeared for the club in 2011-12.

Last season, Gallas provided some memorable performances at centre-back for Spurs, captaining the squad against his former team as Tottenham came from behind to defeat Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, and providing a crucial goal-line clearance against AC Milan in the knockout round of the Champions League to preserve the aggregate advantage and allow the club to advance to the quarterfinals.

The France International has been battling a persistent calf-injury that has kept him out of Tottenham's starting lineup, but Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is hopeful that he'll be back soon.

"I'm hoping William Gallas may be okay to come back," he said on Tottenham's official website. "We'll see how he is after training."

Sandro has also been in the midst of a long recovery in recent months, having suffered a dangerous knee-injury while on international duty for Brazil during the Copa America tournament in July.

Last season, he won over the hearts of Spurs fans late in the campaign, recording his first ever goal in a Tottenham kit in the form of a perfectly-placed volley against Chelsea from 35 yards out at White Hart Lane.

"Sandro is also on his way back, and I may get an hour out of him tomorrow," said Harry, once again speaking of the Carling Cup match against Stoke. "It would be great if I could get those two back playing again."

The two are the next in line to return to a battered Spurs lineup that is slowly beginning to recover, with Ledley King and Rafael van der Vaart both already back on the pitch and performing well in the first team.

Spurs still have to cope with the recent injuries of Aaron Lennon and Michael Dawson as well as the continued absences of Danny Rose, Steven Pienaar and Tom Huddlestone.