Wolves' on-loan midfielder Adlene Guedioura is pressing to make his first start for the team against Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League at Molineux on Wednesday night.

Guedioura, who arrived from Belgian side Charleroi last month, impressed as a substitute during Sunday's 2-1 defeat at Birmingham.

Winger Michael Kightly, midfielder Dave Edwards and striker Andy Keogh all remain sidelined following ankle surgery.

Manager Mick McCarthy insists Wolves can survive in the Premier League.

Wolves find themselves in the relegation zone after being beaten 2-1 by Birmingham City on Sunday. They have not won a Premier League game since beating Burnley on December 20 and have picked up just two points from their last three games.

But when asked if his side had the qualities to win their survival battle, McCarthy said: "I do believe that we have got it and what you see is what you get from me. I am not any good at acting.

"It is irrelevant what anyone else does and we were never going to stay up on 21 points.

"We are going to have to get near to 40 points. I don't think you will need 40 to stay up but we certainly need another 16, 17, or 18 points. "But we are capable of doing it and that is what gives me the confidence."

Tottenham centre-back Ledley King will rest his knee and miss the clash.

Roman Pavlyuchenko, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon, Jonathan Woodgate (all groin) are out, while Carlo Cudicini (wrists and pelvis) is a long-term absentee.

Pavlyuchenko could return for the FA Cup trip to Bolton on Sunday and Lennon has been pencilled in for the following weekend.

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has hit back at claims his side rely on Peter Crouch's height and has branded accusations of long-ball football as "rubbish".

Stoke players commented on Spurs going route one when they won at White Hart Lane earlier in the season and at the weekend Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Friedel responded to terrace chants of his team being boring by highlighting the use of long balls to Crouch.

Redknapp insists Crouch is simply one of his options as he looks for the wins they need to get back into the top four, starting with the trip to Wolves who defeated them earlier in the campaign.

The Spurs boss, responding to suggestions his side favour long balls, said: "That's rubbish. Absolute nonsense. We pass the ball to death and hit Crouchy in the right areas.

"They got labelled a long-ball team by Arsenal, maybe a couple of their players wanted to pass the buck to us but I wouldn't know what a long-ball team was.

"If you can hit a 50-yard pass, it's better than a 10-yard pass or a backwards one. It's about creating strikes on goals, if it's 50 yards then it's a great ball. It's about quality."

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