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Sol remains major doubt

Posted on 5 April 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

There is good news and bad news from the training ground regarding injuries as Sunday’s FA Cup semi-finals draws ever nearer.

The good news sees Sergei Rebrov and long-term victims Stephen Carr, Tim Sherwood and Oyvind Leonhardsen all available to take on Arsenal.

Player of the Year Stephen has been out since December with a groin injury and hernia operation, ‘Leo’ is back after chipping a bone in his ankle six weeks ago and Tim returns after damaging his groin at Derby last month.

Simon Davies has trained after twisting his ankle last weekend, Ledley King’s dead leg is rapidly improving and Stephen Clemence may train on Friday after picking up a groin problem last week.

However, Sol Campbell remains the big worry.

Our super skipper turned his ankle on England duty last week and has yet to return to full training.

Speaking at Thursday afternoon’s pre-Arsenal press conference, boss Glenn Hoddle insisted that Sol’s chances were no better than ’50-50’.

“Sol is still in the treatment room,” revealed Glenn. “His chances are 50-50 at the moment. He needs a bit more time for his ankle to heal.

“It will be a major bonus if he can make it but the game may come too quickly for the ankle to recover even to 90 per cent and then let the adrenaline cover the next 10 per cent

“He is vastly important especially with the way Arsenal play and Henry’s pace and power. His presence would be vital for us.”

Glenn admitted he would be taking a gamble on certain players.

“Clem, Sol and Ledley King are still up in the air,” he said. “The likes of Tim Sherwood, Leonhardsen, Stephen Carr have all had training under their belts this week but are very short of match practice.

“The decision is if we start them with a view to taking them off or the other way around.

“It’s a very difficult decision, a late decision, which is always awkward, and we’ve had to do a lot of work on an ‘either-or’ situation. We’ll give them as long as we can.

“They lack fitness but in a match like this, your adrenaline gets you through a lot.

“It is an amazing thing and a game like this will balance the lack of fitness out. I’ve made it pretty clear that the 16 players chosen will be important. Whatever happens will be a gamble on two or three of those players.”

Listen to what Glenn had to say by tuning into Thursday's press conference in FULL - click here

By Paul Miles