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Posted on 5 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Everton have all the injury problems before Tuesday's clash at White Hart Lane.

Toffees boss Walter Smith faces the prospect of having only one fit centre-back with David Weir suffering a gash on his Achilles playing for Scotland against Latvia, ex-Spur Richard Gough out for two months with a calf problem, Portugese international Abel Xavier is struggling with a knee problem and Alec Cleland has only one game under his belt after a long absence with calf trouble. Italian left-back Alessandro Pistone also has a hamstring pull

To add insult to injury Richard Dunne, who played so well for Ireland against Holland on Saturday, will have to watch from the stands because he is still serving a five-match ban. It means Steve Watson is likely to step into a central defensive role and Smith will have to shuffle the rest of his pack to cover.

It's not just defensively that Smith has a headache - big striker Duncan Ferguson, pictured right, is rated doubtful with a calf injury.

By contrast the injury news at the Lane is nothing but positive. George Graham was delighted to see all his international players return safely and all reported for duty at Spurs Lodge on Sunday - even the likes of Neil Sullivan, who had played for Scotland in Latvia on the Saturday, Simon Davies, who was in Belarus and Sergei Rebrov, who flew in later from the Ukraine.

Graham said: "It was nice to have all the boys after Saturday's games all over Europe back in training on Sunday morning. Even Neil Sullivan managed it from Latvia and only Sergei was late because his flight was later."

Of our four absentees so far Ledley King (broken foot), Willem Korsten (hip surgery) and Chris Armstrong (groin) are all making rapid progress. Indeed, Amrstrong expects to be ready for West Ham next Monday. That only leaves Anthony Gardner (thigh) struggling.

Spurs squad v Everton: Sullivan, Walker, Carr, Perry, Campbell, Young, Vega, Thatcher, Taricco, Anderton, Sherwood, Clemence, Freund, Leonhardsen, Rebrov, Iversen, Ferdinand, Davies.