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Posted on 17 December 2008  - 12:00

Darren Bent is a doubt for Thursday night's final UEFA Cup group match against Spartak Moscow.

Team news

Darren Bent is a doubt for Thursday night's final UEFA Cup group match against Spartak Moscow.

The striker hasn't trained since Monday after being laid low by tonsilitis.

It hands boss Harry Redknapp a selection problem up front as he's also without cup-tied Roman Pavlyuchenko, so Fraizer Campbell - thankfully back in training after a calf injury - is our only available, senior striker.

Harry also has a selection headache defensively after Jonathan Woodgate limped out of Saturday's draw against United with a back injury. Vedran Corluka switched to centre-half that day but he's cup-tied and Harry insists he will not play Ledley King in this fixture.

"Jonathan landed awkwardly and his back went into spasms, but hopefully he won't be out for long," reported Harry on Wednesday. "I wouldn't risk Ledley in this game as I want him for league games and Vedran isn't available.

"Michael Dawson was outstanding against United and he will play. Tom Huddlestone or Didier Zokora could also play there so we'll have a look at the situation."

Jermaine Jenas is also sidelined after picking up a calf strain against United. "We'll have to wait and see on that one," added Harry. "He could be available Sunday week (West Brom) or even make it against Fulham on Boxing Day."

Giovani (ankle) and Alan Hutton (foot) remain out.