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Posted on 19 March 2010  - 12:00

Jermain Defoe leads the latest influx of players onto our injury list ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke City.

Team News

Jermain Defoe leads the latest influx of players onto our injury list ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Stoke City.

The striker tore a hamstring in training this week and will not feature at the Britannia Stadium.

Youngsters Danny Rose and Kyle Walker are also ruled out with knee and wrist trouble respectively.

The trio join Aaron Lennon, Ledley King, Tom Huddlestone, Jermaine Jenas, Jonathan Woodgate and Carlo Cudicini on the injury list, while David Bentley is doubtful for the game due to illness.

Manager Harry Redknapp admitted in Friday's pre-match press conference that the absences leave him a little short in certain areas.

He said: "Jermain tore a hamstring yesterday. It's a Grade 2 tear so it will certainly keep him out for a few weeks.

"Kyle fractured his wrist in the practice game against West Ham on Tuesday so he's going into plaster and Danny damaged his knee ligaments in training yesterday also.

"So we're struggling a little bit because David went down with a virus this morning and neither JJ or Tom are fit yet.

"We've run into a bad spell of injuries. I've got Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Eidur Gudjohnsen to cover up front but it's other areas where we are just a little bit short at the moment, especially in midfield."

On Lennon's progress from the groin injury that has kept him sidelined since the turn of the year, Harry added: "I'm not sure how long it will take with Aaron.

"He's raring to go and get back out there, so we are hoping he will get out on the grass and do some running again at some point next week.

"The boy is desperate to play and we're desperate to get him back - but he's still a way off yet. We'll just keep taking it day-by-day and week-by-week with him."