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Posted on 23 January 2009  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp has a host of injuries to contend with ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie at Manchester United.

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Harry Redknapp has a host of injuries to contend with ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fourth round tie at Manchester United.

The manager faces taking on the champions without up to 11 injured players - many of whom he's worried may not be fit to face Stoke in a key Premier League fixture at the Lane on Tuesday.

On top of that, he's without Fraizer Campbell at Old Trafford as the loanee striker cannot play against his parent club.

The players who are definitely out for Saturday are goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes (thigh), Vedran Corluka (groin), Ledley King (hamstring), Aaron Lennon (groin), Jermaine Jenas (calf), Darren Bent (groin), Jamie O'Hara (hip) and Alan Hutton (foot).

Harry reported that Jonathan Woodgate (back) and Luka Modric (back, hamstring) were also unlikely to feature and that Michael Dawson had 'about four different injuries'.

Neverthless, the manager said he would play the strongest team available.

"We've got so many injuries it's very difficult to put out our strongest team," he said. "I will field the best available team.

"I had players missing at Burnley but I didn't rest them - I wouldn't rest them for a semi-final that takes us to Wembley, they just weren't fit.

"Aaron Lennon, Corluka, Ledley King, Gomes - they weren't fit for Burnley and won't be fit for Saturday. We've another list of injuries from Burnley as well.

"Jamie O'Hara is going for a scan on a hip problem and could be out for several weeks

"Luka Modric has a bit of a stiff back and he feels his hamstrings are getting a bit tight. He could be fit for tomorrow though and if he's fit, he'll play. Jonthan Woodgate is also struggling.

"However, we're not taking a reserve team to Old Trafford and everyone who is fit, will play,"

Harry also suggested that Giovani, Adel Taarabt and Ricardo Rocha will all be involved and Academy goalkeeper Mirko Ranieri was likely to be on the bench as cover for Ben Alnwick.