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Posted on 26 January 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp said there is 'every chance' Carlo Cudicini will make his debut against Stoke on Tuesday night.

Team news

Harry Redknapp said there is 'every chance' Carlo Cudicini will make his debut against Stoke on Tuesday night.

Heurelho Gomes is still struggling with a thigh injury so our new signing from Chelsea comes straight into the reckoning.

"Gomes is still carrying a knock, he's not fit and can't kick the ball, so obviously a big problem for a goalkeeper," said manager Harry at this afternoon's pre-Stoke media briefing.

"Carlo has joined and we're well-pleased to have him. He brings us great experience and we're in a position where Gomes has that injury. He's a great addition for us."

Meanwhile, Harry said he was hopeful on a number of injury doubts ahead of a key Premier League encounter at the Lane.

Darren Bent (groin), Aaron Lennon (groin), Jonathan Woodgate (back) and Jermaine Jenas (calf) all trained on Monday.

However, Harry reported that Ledley King (knee) and Jamie O'Hara (hip) will remain sidelined alongside Alan Hutton (foot).

Harry said: "Jermaine Jenas trained this morning for the first time, so he's on his way back and that's great news because he's an outstanding player and we need him fit.

"Ledley King isn't fit, unfortunately and Jamie O'Hara is out with the injury he picked up at Burnley.

"Darren Bent trained this morning for the first time since he picked up a groin strain. Aaron Lennon also trained and we'll have to see how he is tomorrow and if there is any reaction.

"Luka Modric trained and felt okay, his back and hamstrings were tight at United so I had to take him off but he felt okay this morning and I'm hoping he'll be fit.

"Jonathan Woodgate trained and we need him tomorrow, we're short in that area with Ledley out so I'm hoping he'll be okay."

Fraizer Campbell is also available again after being ineligible against United on Saturday.