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Team news: Six out

Posted on 9 December 2000  - 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 is still cursing the Tottenham injury jinx that will rob him of five players at Valley Parade.<P class=MsoNormal>Ben Thatcher (groin) and Sergei Rebrov (thigh) have failed to recover and will sit it out again with Luke Young (broken foot), Mauricio Taricco (groin) and Steffen Iversen (knee).<P class=MsoNormal>Darren Anderton&rsquo&#59;s <I>(pictured)</I> suspension means the boss is without six players who would at least figure in his squad.<P class=MsoNormal>The good news sees Oyvind Leonhardsen return to the squad after a seven-week injury absence while young midfielder Ciaran Toner, 19, is called up for the first time.<P class=MsoNormal>George said: &ldquo&#59;Once again we&rsquo&#59;re short on numbers through injuries. Rebrov is still not fit, the usual boys at the back are injured &mdash&#59; Ben Thatcher, Luke Young, Taricco, in midfield Anderton is suspended and up front Iversen and Rebrov are out.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;The injury jinx seems to have hit us again and we haven&rsquo&#59;t the size of squad to compensate that.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;Hence the opportunities for the young lads, who&rsquo&#59;ve done great and we&rsquo&#59;ve another young boy joining the squad as well in Ciaran Toner. He&rsquo&#59;s done well in the reserves. But that&rsquo&#59;s how depleted we are and the size of the squad.<P class=MsoNormal>&ldquo&#59;This Tottenham injury jinx is one battle I&rsquo&#59;ve not managed to conquer.&rdquo&#59;<P class=MsoNormal>Meanwhile Peter Beagrie is ready to return to the Bradford line-up after coming off the bench to score the winner against Coventry last week. <P class=MsoNormal>Bantams boss Jim Jefferies has Ashley Ward fit after a calf strain, although he is unlikely to change the Stan Collymore-Dean Windass partnership up front. <P class=MsoNormal>But Jefferies is definitely without the services of midfielder Gareth Whalley who is to undergo a hernia operation and could be out for up to two months. <P class=MsoNormal><B>Spurs squad:</B> Sullivan, Walker, Carr, Freund, Campbell, Perry, Sherwood, Ferdinand, Doherty, Korsten, Armstrong, Leonhardsen, Toner, Clemence, King, Davies, Thelwell, Vega.<P class=MsoNormal><B>Bradford City squad:</B> Clarke, Nolan, Myers, McCall, Lawrence, Blake, Ward, Carbone, Beagrie, O'Brien, Windass, Sharpe, Atherton, Saunders, Petrescu, McKinlay, Collymore, Molenaar, Davison.<P class=MsoNormal>To listen to George's pre-match interview in full, click <A href="">here</A><P class=MsoNormal>&nbsp&#59;<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>