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Posted on 7 November 2006  - 12:00

Fans will get the chance to welcome Steed Malbranque into the Spurs fold when the midfielder lines up against Port Vale on Wednesday night.

Fans will get the chance to welcome Steed Malbranque into the Spurs fold when the midfielder lines up against Port Vale on Wednesday night.

Martin Jol revealed the Frenchman will be involved in the Carling Cup 4th round tie after recovering from the hernia surgery that has delayed the start to his playing career at the Club following his transfer from Fulham at the end of August.

As we approach our third home game in seven days, Martin reported that there will be changes to the team and another recent signing, defender Dorian Dervite, has also been added to the squad.

"We have to because of the amount of games that we're playing," reasoned the manager. "We've got a good, big squad and players knocking on the door like Tom Huddlestone, Edgar Davids and now Steed Malbranque.

"Steed has worked very hard to come back and he it fit now, although not really match fit. He has looked so good in training that I have made the decision to start him tomorrow.

"At the back we have got a few injuries, Michael Dawson will be there, but we will rest Ledley King. Pascal Chimbonda is out with a knock, Paul Stalteri is also out with a knee injury. Calum Davenport needs another ten days and Anthony Gardner picked up a knee injury in training on Saturday and won't be involved.

"Lee Young-Pyo is fit again and will probably play, but Teemu Tainio is still out. Charlie Lee, Dorian Dervite and Phil Ifil are in the squad, along with Andy Barcham."