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Relief for Tottenham after William Gallas's hamstring scan

Tottenham Hotspur have said that William Gallas did not suffer a "fresh hamstring injury" in training on Tuesday.

Relief for Tottenham after William Gallas's hamstring scan The defender had scans after pulling up during the session.

"He will now be assessed over the coming days to determine his availability for this weekend's home Premier League fixture against West Ham United," Tottenham said on their website.

The fact that Gallas avoided a serious injury will be a significant boost for Harry Redknapp, whose resources were already depleted by injuries to Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Younes Kaboul, though the latter may be in contention to play at the weekend.

Gareth Bale also had to end training early due to a knock to his thigh, though the club are hopeful he could face West Ham.

Spurs are in the Champions League quarter-finals, awaiting Friday's draw, and fifth in the Premier League, chasing a top-four finish as they look to qualify again for the European competition if they do not win the trophy this year.

Redknapp said: "We're waiting for the draw on Friday. We could draw Man United, we could draw Chelsea – if they get through against FC Copenhagen, as I'm sure they will – we can draw Barcelona, Real Madrid: it's a fantastic group of teams in the last eight so to be amongst them is fantastic for us."

Asked if he would prefer to progress in the Champions League or finish in the top four Redknapp said: "That's a difficult one – we want Champions League football next year again. But we want to stay in this Champions League football this year, it's so exciting and there's so much to look forward to.

"We've got a big game on Saturday with West Ham, a tough game. West Ham are playing well, so we're fighting on two fronts at the moment and let's hope we can hang in there and keep it going to the end of the season."

Sandro, Tottenham's Brazilian midfielder, is conscious of the need to focus. He said: "I know there are big matches coming up now so we need to keep our concentration for both the Premier League and Champions League. We have a good squad with many qualities and everybody knows their responsibilities to do everything well.

"This derby with West Ham is a very important match. Everyone in the team knows their place and what everyone's doing to keep our run going."

After joining last summer the 21-year-old is beginning to establish himself, having started four of the past five games, and producing a widely praised performance in the 0-0 draw with Milan in the second leg of their Champions League tie at White Hart Lane last week.

Sandro said: "I really enjoyed the moment with the Spurs supporters and the team, but this is in the past now and we're looking to the future and the next match. I know I have had to wait for my opportunity but it came in a big match against Milan. I was happy with my performances and I feel like I am part of the family at Spurs as we look forward to the next round of the competition.

"For me it's about keeping my concentration and my position in the team, so I hope to be successful in this next match."

Powered by Guardian.co.ukThis article was written by Jamie Jackson, for The Guardian on Wednesday 16th March 2011 18.00 Europe/London

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