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Posted on 22 September 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Heurelho Gomes will be back in goal for Wednesday night's (September 23) Carling Cup tie at Preston.

Team news

Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Heurelho Gomes will be back in goal for Wednesday night's (September 23) Carling Cup tie at Preston.

The keeper returned to fitness for the home match against United having picked up a thigh injury at Hull City last month but has had to sit it out with Carlo Cudicini taking over in goal.

However, the popular Brazilian international will return for the third round tie at Deepdale.

Asked if it was a close call between the pair for Sunday's clash at Chelsea, Harry said: "It was a difficult decision but Carlo hasn't done anything wrong. He came into the team and been in good form, so I stayed with him.

"Gomes will play at Preston and they are both good goalkeepers, so it's a good position to be in."

Harry's preparations for the tough trip to Lancashire have been hit by injuries to Ledley King, Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Ledley limped off with a hamstring injury at Stamford Bridge, Sebastien was stretchered off after suffering concussion and Roman missed out altogether with a Achilles problem.

Harry said: "Ledley's injury was a big blow for us especially against Drogba, who is so strong and powerful. That's when you need the strength and pace of someone like Ledley to play against him, otherwise he muscles you out of the game.

"He's going for a scan to see the full extent of the injury but it will keep him out for a while.

"Sebastien took that bang on the head and it looks as though he's recovered fine from that, but he also damaged his knee. Hopefully that will settle down, but the head problem is okay.

"Roman has a slight tear on his Achilles but he should be okay for the weekend."

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Harry also hinted that David Bentley and Giovani are set for starting roles at Deepdale and added: "I've got to give some of the other lads a game who haven't played. I'll mix it up like we did at Doncaster. It's a very difficult game for us but we want to get through it."

Luka Modric (fractured fibula) remains out while Niko Kranjcar is cup-tied having played in the competition this season for Portsmouth against Hereford.