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Team news: George's dilemma

Posted on 9 February 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).

George Graham faces all sorts of dilemmas — of the positive variety, for a change — for Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.

Andy Booth is available again after being cup-tied for the memorable midweek win at Charlton and his return prompts a number of ‘ifs and buts’ for Maine Road.

Gary Doherty was superb as an emergency front man at The Valley but has stated his preference for playing in a back three, where he has helped us to four successive clean sheets in the Premiership.

Meanwhile, as Doherty pushed forward, Ledley King slipped back into the back three at Charlton and Tim Sherwood returned in King’s place in midfield.

Darren Anderton has been playing in an unaccustomed right wing-back role but Stephen Carr is now available again and was on the bench at Charlton.

Chris Armstrong also hands boss George more attacking options after returning from injury.

Les Ferdinand (hamstring), Steffen Iversen (knee), Ben Thatcher and Mauricio Taricco (both groin) are still out.

Spurs squad: Sullivan, Walker, Anderton, Perry, Campbell, Doherty, Clemence, Thelwell, Gardner, Young, Carr, Freund, King, Leonhardsen, Sherwood, Davies, Etherington, Rebrov, Booth, Armstrong.

City duo Richard Dunne and Andrei Kanchelskis will both undergo early fitness tests.

The pair, suffering from a groin strain and stiff back respectively, both trained with the City squad for the first time this week on Friday morning.

Should Kanchelskis remain unfit to play, Egil Ostenstad is likely to be promoted from the bench to make his full City debut.

City squad: Weaver, Nash, Dunne, Howey, Prior, Tiatto, Wiekens, Granville, Jeff Whitley, Haaland, Grant, Ritchie, Kanchelskis, Wright-Phillips, Goater, Huckerby.

Betting: Man City 11/8 Spurs 13/8 Draw 9/4 - click for details.