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Tricky decisions ahead

Posted on 12 September 2001  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Glenn Hoddle admits he has ‘tricky’ decisions to make ahead of Thursday night’s Worthington Cup opener against Torquay United.

The dilemma facing the boss seems to be whether or not to rest key players against the Third Division outfit with a huge Premiership clash against Chelsea just around the corner on Sunday.

Glenn confirmed that three players — Teddy Sheringham, Darren Anderton and Goran Bunjevcevic — had played in Sunday’s win against Southampton while they were only 70 per cent fit.

He called that a ‘risk’ — his decision is now is whether or not to risk them again.

“I’ve a few tricky decisions to make,” Glenn explained. “I had three players against Southampton who played only 70 per cent fit and we took a risk on them.

“It paid off because we won the match but now we have to decide whether or not to rest them and protect their injuries for Chelsea.

“We need to see if it’s right to play them with another game coming on Sunday, then Sunderland on Wednesday, then Liverpool. We have a lot of football in a very short time and the squad hasn’t got the beef on it that we’d like.

“We not in a strong position with the likes of Tim Sherwood and Stephen Clemence out and Gus Poyet suspended.

“We would have liked a strong squad to pick from. We have to be shrewd. It is a tough decision because I want to good run in this cup.”