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Team news: Les, Young back

Posted on 2 January 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 finally has some good news on the injury front.

Both Les Ferdinand and Luke Young are back in the squad for Tuesday night’s visit of Newcastle United.

Ferdinand has missed out last two outings against Southampton and Ipswich Town after suffering concussion against Middlesbrough on December 23. He has been sorely missed.

After weeks of discomfort scans showed up a crack on Young’s foot after an outstanding display against Liverpool in November. He was in plaster for a week but after six weeks out, he is back in the squad.

Young’s return is a real boost with Stephen Carr still out. He is resting a groin problem.

Carr’s fellow full-backs Mauricio Taricco and Ben Thatcher are also out with groin trouble alongside midfielder Steffen Freund (Achilles) and striker Steffen Iversen (knee).

Spurs squad: Sullivan, Walker, Perry, Campbell, Thelwell, Doherty, Gardner, Clemence, Anderton, Sherwood., King, Leonhardsen, Ferdinand, Rebrov, Armstrong, Korsten, Young.

Newcastle boss Bobby Robson will once again rely on the inspirational form of Gary Speed to carry his injury-hit side in the absence of skipper Alan Shearer and Rob Lee.

After a creditable draw against Manchester United on Saturday, Robson's makeshift

side go into the game full of confidence, and looking for a first win in London since 1997.

"Speed in the last two matches for me has been absolutely awesome. His work ethic and his bravery in the box have been amazing,” Robson said.

"I think the players realise that Alan is what he is and when he's not in the team, we're going to miss him.

"He's not much good to us for two months, so we've got to get on without him, and the lads are realising that and giving that little bit extra."

French defender Alain Goma remains on the transfer list, while Didier Domi continues to keep his distance from Tyneside.