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Harry's headache!

Posted on 8 November 2008  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp is facing the selection headache all managers welcome ahead of Sunday's clash at Manchester City.

Harry's headache!

Harry Redknapp is facing the selection headache all managers welcome ahead of Sunday's clash at Manchester City.

The boss admits he has dilemmas all over the pitch including who to select up front, in midfield, at centre-half and full-back for the Barclays Premier League encounter at Eastlands.

Vedran Corluka and Roman Pavlyuchenko both come back into the fold after being ineligible for the UEFA Cup win against Dinamo Zagreb on Thursday.

Michael Dawson returned from suspension for that game but Ledley King is available and Jermaine Jenas is expected to be fit after missing our last two matches with a toe injury.

"JJ will be fit but Huddlestone and Zokora were excellent (against Dinamo), so that's a headache, for sure," said Harry.

"Dawson did excellently, but Ledley is a massive player for us. We've Corluka as well - that's what it's about. When you are going well, those are the good problems to have.

"When you are losing, you think 'who am I going to play this week?' and it's the worst feeling in the world. When you are winning and people are playing well it's great to have that headache.

"I'll look at the performance against Dinamo and think who can cope best with City. It's hard. Benty's scored a hat-trick, so it will be difficult to leave him out. Pavlyuchenko has scored goals, so it's a nice problem."

City beat Steve McClaren's FC Twente in the UEFA Cup on Thursday but come into the game on the back of just one win in their last six league games.

"Mark Hughes has always had hard-working teams, organised teams - now he's got a team that probably plays more off the cuff than any other team he's had," added Harry. "They have players with great individual ability.

"Robinho's a real talent and you've got to get around him when he gets in that final third.

"We know it's tough up there. They have bags of ability and they are very good at home. We'll have to be at our best to get a result but we're playing well and we'll go there with confidence."