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Tottenham V West Brom at White Hart Lane : Match Preview
Published : 03 Jan 2012 16:53:47Rss feed
Tottenham will give a test to Scott Parker before their game against West Brom after the midfielder came off in the second half of Saturday's draw at Swansea with a knee injury.
Ledley King could be back after missing the last two games with his long-standing knee problem while Aaron Lennon may return from a hamstring injury.
Sebastien Bassong (illness) and Roman Pavlyuchenko (ankle) are likely to return after missing the game in Wales, but Tom Huddlestone remains sidelined with a long-term ankle injury.
Emmanuel Adebayor has called on Tottenham to cement their place in the top four by taking maximum points from their home games this month. Tottenham passed up an opportunity to close on Manchester City and Manchester United on Saturday when they could only draw at Swansea.
A win would have put Harry Redknapp's men within four points of joint leaders United and City, who suffered shock defeats to Blackburn and Sunderland respectively this weekend.
But with home games against West Brom, Everton, Wolves and Wigan coming up this month, Spurs have a perfect opportunity to show that they can achieve the top-four spot that escaped them last term.
Adebayor told Spurs TV Online: "We have four games at home we have to focus on them and make sure we get maximum points out of them.
"Now 2011 is over, we are looking forward to 2012 and we have a big chance to finish in the top four, or maybe get second or third.
"The season will be long and tough but we just have to keep going, keep believing we can get in that top four and if you want to finish in the top four these are the games you cannot lose or draw.
"West Brom is going to be an important game for us."
Head coach Roy Hodgson has thrown down the challenge to West Brom's fringe players as their injury list threatens to lengthen.
Hodgson is already without defender Jonas Olsson and midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu and now skipper Chris Brunt (leg) and striker Shane Long (back) are struggling to be fit to face Spurs.
It means the likes of Somen Tchoyi, Simon Cox and Graham Dorrans will come into contention to step up from the substitute's bench as Albion look to bounce back from the 1-0 home setback against Everton.
Hodgson said: "At the moment it is fair to say our injury situation is a fairly drastic one.
"Players who have been sitting on the bench for a long time will get a chance to show what they can do.
"It is not helped by the quick turnaround in fixtures although that is the same for most clubs. "A lot of them have got two matches in three days.
"But, for the next game, we are going to be stretched to put out the type of team I would like to put out.
"We won't be able to field our strongest team, we will only have one day's rest after the exertions of Sunday, and it's not something I am looking forward too at this moment."
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