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Posted on 27 September 2006  - 12:00

Injuries have hit Martin Jol's preparations for Thursday night's UEFA Cup first round, second leg against Slavia Prague at White Hart Lane.

Injuries have hit Martin Jol's preparations for Thursday night's UEFA Cup first round, second leg against Slavia Prague at White Hart Lane.

Jermain Defoe, Edgar Davids (both ankle), Paul Stalteri (hamstring) and Anthony Gardner (hip, back) have joined Dimitar Berbatov (groin), Aaron Lennon (knee) and Steed Malbranque (groin) on the sidelines. Ledley King also faces a late fitness test on a knee problem.

“Ledley has a bit of inflammation on his knee but it’s getting better every day, so he could still be a possibility,” reported Martin on Wednesday.

“Defoe will be out with his ankle, Davids will be out with his ankle. Davids could take another week and Defoe is a quick healer, so he could be available against Portsmouth on Sunday.

“Anthony Gardner isn’t fit and Paul Stalteri is out. He has a little tightness in his hamstring but could still be available for Sunday.”

However, the news was better of Berbatov, Malbranque (both groin) and Lennon (knee) and all appear to be progressing well.

Martin added: “Berbatov is getting better and could be available for Sunday, Malbranque is going well after his operation and has started running again.

“Lennon is ahead of schedule and perhaps needs another three and a half weeks.”