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FA Cup third round: Tottenham hoping to avoid potential upset against Coventry

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04 Jan 2013 12:04:00

FA Cup third round: Tottenham hoping to avoid potential upset against Coventry

Benoit Assou-Ekotto has overcome his knee injury and looks set to make his first Tottenham appearance in four months against Coventry in the FA Cup third round.

Midfielder Scott Parker is likely to make his first start of the season and goalkeeper Brad Friedel could play as manager Andre Villas-Boas looks to rotate his squad following a tiring festive period. Winger Gareth Bale is available following his one-match suspension but defender William Gallas (calf) is unlikely to feature and Younes Kaboul is out until mid-to-late February with his knee problem. Coventry will be without leading scorer David McGoldrick at White Hart Lane. The striker, who has bagged 17 goals in 25 appearances, returned to parent club Nottingham Forest this week after his loan spell expired on New Year's Day. City boss Mark Robins is trying to bring McGoldrick back to the Ricoh Arena, but a decision on his future is not expected before they make a trip to north London. Loanees James Bailey and Blair Adams have both been cleared to play, with the latter due to make the final appearance of his stay - although Coventry are, again, keen to strike a new deal. Robins is not expected to have any new injury or suspension concerns for the encounter.


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