Tottenham v Chelsea preview

Date published: Wednesday 21st December 2011 11:53

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says Gareth Bale is “very doubtful” to play due to an ankle injury.

Aaron Lennon is out with a hamstring injury, Ledley King’s chronic knee injury means he is unlikely to step out against the Blues after playing against Sunderland at the weekend, and Jermain Defoe is a doubt due to a hamstring problem.

Younes Kaboul returns from suspension, Emmanuel Adebayor has a minor foot injury but should play, while long-term absentees Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (Achilles) remain sidelined.

John Terry has shaken off the Achilles tweak he suffered during open training on Monday and will lead out the Chelsea side at White Hart Lane.

Midfielder Ramires has recovered from a leg injury but defender David Luiz is still out with a knee problem, joining long-term injury victim Michael Essien on the sidelines.

Tottenham (from): Gomes, Friedel, Cudicini, Bale, Corluka, Bassong, Rose, Kaboul, Gallas, King, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Modric, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Fredericks, Falque, Sandro, Pienaar, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Dos Santos, Adebayor, Van der Vaart, Kane.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole, Mikel, Romeu, Lampard, Ramires, McEachran, Mata, Malouda, Meireles, Torres, Drogba, Kalou, Sturridge, Lukaku, Turnbull.

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Tottenham v Chelsea preview

Date published: Friday 10th December 2010 11:29

Rafael van der Vaart will miss the game after failing shake off a hamstring injury.

Younes Kaboul was due to train on Friday following a hip problem and could be in the squad, while Luka Modric returns after missing Tuesday night’s Champions League draw at FC Twente with flu.

Jermaine Jenas (calf) and Niko Kranjcar (hamstring) are both out after limping off in Enschede, while captain Ledley King (groin), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Jamie O’Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are longer-term absentees.

Chelsea will not risk England midfielder Frank Lampard because he is not match fit.

The England international midfielder is back in training after groin and tendon injuries but requires match practice.

Right-back Jose Bosingwa is out with a torn hamstring but left-back Ashley Cole is fit after recovering from a slight ankle knock.

Spurs (from): Gomes, Cudicini, Hutton, Corluka, Kaboul, Dawson, Gallas, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Sandro, Palacios, Bale, Lennon, Bentley, Modric, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Defoe.

Chelsea (from): Cech, Turnbull, Hilario, Ivanovic, Ferreira, Cole, Terry, Essien, Mikel, Ramires, McEachran, Malouda, Kalou, Drogba, Anelka, Bruma, Sturridge, Kakuta, Van Aanholt.

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