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Posted on 14 September 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp still has a host of injuries to contend with ahead of our Europa League, Group A opener at PAOK in Greece.

Harry Redknapp still has a host of injuries to contend with ahead of our Europa League, Group A opener at PAOK in Greece.

The squad travelled to Thessaloniki on Wednesday.

Speaking at a pre-match press conference at PAOK's Toumba Stadium, Harry explained the balancing act required with a huge Premier League encounter against Liverpool to follow on Sunday.

"We've a number of injuries and players who played two internationals, then at Wolves last Saturday and after PAOK, we play Liverpool," he said.

"I wanted to change the team around but I've not been able to use the full group of players because they are not fit.

"After this game, we'll be able to rotate the team a bit more but for this first game, that's been difficult.

"We’ve got a lot of senior players injured, William Gallas, Michael Dawson, Danny Rose, Steven Pienaar, Tom Huddlestone, Sandro, Aaron Lennon, Rafa van der Vaart, all not fit.

"It’s a big squad, a good group of players. I could have rotated the squad and still have a very strong team.

"The rest are here. Gomes, Corluka, Bassong, Pavlyuchenko, Giovani dos Santos, a lot of international players, as well as the younger players. Kyle Walker as well, an England international.

"A couple of the younger lads played in the second leg against Hearts and did very well, this is an opportunity for them to play again.

"It will be a good experience for them and I'll learn a lot about them."