Club Focus – Tottenham – Injury list fails to ruin Redknapp’s festive cheer

With Christmas and New Year now over, Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to push on from the good form which has seen them pick up maximum points over the festive period, with wins against Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Fulham. However, manager Harry Redknapp would not have wanted to enter the new year with ten of his first team squad out with injuries or suspensions.

Tom Huddlestone, Ledley King and Jamie O’Hara remain out with long-term injuries while high doubts have been raised over the fitness of Alan Hutton, William Gallas and the likely departing Irish striker Robbie Keane. Jermaine Defoe remains out with a one match suspension and French defender Younes Kaboul has another two matches of his ban to sit out before he can make his way back onto the pitch with a Tottenham jersey. Jonathan Woodgate is expected to go out on loan to regain some fitness after returning to full training whilst goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is sidelined with a shoulder injury.

With a tough match at Goodison Park tonight against David Moyes’ Everton, Redknapp will want to continue the good form which has seen his side climb into the Champions’ League place ahead of their London rivals and current Premier League champions Chelsea.

The Spurs boss has already given out huge praise to his players for their form over Christmas and has admitted his side found it tough to gain all three points against a resilient Fulham side, but came away with the win courtesy of a first half Gareth Bale header.

Redknapp told the Tottenham Hotspur Official Website: Every game is difficult, sometimes you have to tough it out and we did that, that’s what you have to do if you want to be successful. You can’t always rip teams apart. You have to work for every point.”

The match tonight in Merseyside will be even tougher for Spurs despite Everton’s relatively inconsistent form, but with the likes of Tim Cahill, Mikel Arteta and Phil Jagielka, the Toffees will always be a side teams will fear playing. However Cahill himself will be absent from the match as he travels to the Asian Cup with Australia and with just one win in ten, Moyes will hope his side can change their fortunes against Spurs. Tottenham on the other hand are in hot form, unbeaten in 11 matches and coming out of the festive period with back-to-back clean sheets after failing to keep a clean sheet all season.

The match will also pit two of the best left-sided players in the league in Gareth Bale and Leighton Baines, against eachother. Both have been outstanding for their respective sides this season and will look to continue their good form as the season draws ever closer to its finale in May.

Despite the major absentees, Harry Redknapp will be confident of his side’s ability to travel to Everton and come away with maximum points and with the return of Michael Dawson proving to be vital over Christmas, the eventual return of his struggling squad could prove effective in their push for success.

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