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Saturday 16 December 2017

Redknapp has injury headaches for Emirates visit

TOTTENHAM could be without several of their stars, including Emmanuel Adebayor, for this weekend's north London derby at Arsenal, manager Harry Redknapp has revealed.

Redknapp had to make a number of changes to his line-up for yesterday's FA Cup fifth round game at Stevenage and the difference was telling as Spurs could only muster a lacklustre 0-0 draw against the League One minnows.

Redknapp revealed after the match that he had been forced to exclude Luka Modric, Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto due to a mixture of injury and illness.

Modric had been suffering from flu while Assou-Ekotto underwent an operation last Monday to cure a groin problem.

Adebayor, meanwhile, twisted his knee in training last Friday, and is now a major doubt for Sunday's game against his former employers at the Emirates Stadium.

Rafael van der Vaart and Sandro both missed the game at the Lamex Stadium and are doubts for next weekend too -- something Redknapp could do without considering how important the match is to Tottenham's season.

"Benoit had a small operation at the start of the week, so he wasn't available (yesterday)," Redknapp said.

UNBELIEVABLE

"He should be fit but we will have to see with Adebayor. Luka had an unbelievable temperature. He was really ill. That left us short. Ledley King was on the bench. He wasn't fit."

Redknapp's men would take a huge step towards guaranteeing Champions League qualification with a win over their bitter rivals, who are in the midst of a poor run of form and 10 points behind Spurs with 13 games to go.

Despite Arsenal's poor displays of late, Tottenham know they will have to up their game considerably if they are to beat Arsene Wenger's side.

Spurs were poor yesterday, with Stevenage controlling large parts of the game.

The reward for Gary Smith's men is a replay at White Hart Lane on March 7, with the visit of Bolton awaiting the winners in the quarter-finals.

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