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Five doubtful for Sunderland

Posted on 8 November 2002  - 12:00

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Glenn Hoddle rates five players as 'doubtful' ahead of Sunday's clash against Sunderland.

Dean Richards (eye) and Jamie Redknapp (calf) missed out at Burnley due to problems sustained against Chelsea last weekend.

Les Ferdinand (hamstring), Matthew Etherington (ankle/foot) and Steve Clemence (thigh) all picked up injuries at Turf Moor.

The boss is expected to still be without Christian Ziege (calf), Neil Sullivan (broken thumb), Mauricio Taricco (groin), Ben Thatcher (back) and Ledley King (hip).

Having talked us through the situation on Thursday, Glenn stressed that it was a little early to say whether or not the doubtful five will be available.

He explained: "Jamie had a calf problem and Dean Richards an eye problem from the Chelsea game. That went against us.

"We're hoping that they will be available but we don't know at this moment in time.

"We've picked up another couple at Burnley, Les Ferdinand, Matthew Etherington, Steve Clemence, a thigh, it might just be a dead leg, but there are five or six where we'll have to wait and see if they're fit or not.

"It's frustrating. It's what we don't want. They are all doubtful but with it being a Sunday game, it's early yet."

Ledley has recently returned to reserve action but missed a private friendly against Nottingham Forest on Thursday with a slight knock, thankfully nothing serious.

Glenn added: "Ledley's just picked up a silly knock as well, missed another opportunity to maintain his recovery and set him back a little.

"There are a few here and there and they are strange injuries - Deano's got caught right across the eye and that is painful for him."

The positive news sees Darren Anderton available for the Premiership for the first time this season having come through 30 minutes at Burnley.

Steve Clemence also made his return at Turf Moor after a summer Achilles problem while Anthony Gardner started at Burnley having been out for six weeks with a thigh injury.