Tottenham Hotspur Vs Chelsea, Sat 17 Apr 2010

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has ruled out Aaron Lennon's chances of facing Chelsea in the Barclays Premier League clash at White Hart Lane.

Lennon has been training following a groin problem but Redknapp insists there is "not a chance" of the winger playing, while Niko Kranjcar (ankle) is out for the season, Vedran Corluka (ankle) looks set to miss out and Wilson Palacios is suspended.

Ledley King has a very slim chance of playing after featuring against Arsenal in midweek but Redknapp will check his skipper on the day of the game. Jermaine Jenas (ill) is out.

Redknapp was assured by Guus Hiddink that Heurelho Gomes was among the best in the world - and he is seeing it for himself this season.

Gomes took time to adapt to the Premier League when he arrived from PSV Eindhoven at the start of the last campaign, with Redknapp looking at goalkeepers to bring in after a string of blunders from the Brazilian.

Helped by goalkeeping coach Tony Parks, Gomes has been consistent this season and on Wednesday evening produced a string of saves to inspire a famous win over rivals Arsenal and keep Spurs in the hunt for a Champions League place.

Next up is title-chasing Chelsea, who arrive at White Hart Lane this weekend and will need to find a way past Redknapp's in-form stopper.

"He's up there with the very best," Redknapp said. "When he came here Tony Adams, who had worked in Holland, said they'd signed the best goalkeeper in the world.

"I watch Dutch football on TV and it's a completely different game and it took him time to adjust. He's had a couple of dicky moments but ever since then he has got better and better and some of the saves on Wednesday, particularly a couple from Robin van Persie and from Sol Campbell were vital saves."

His performance against Arsenal could not have been further from his displays when Redknapp first took over.

The Spurs boss said: "I always knew he had the ability. I spoke to Guus Hiddink and he said he nearly took them to a Champions League final in 2005, he's that good."

Gomes effectively ended Arsenal's title hopes and he could throw a spanner in the works for Chelsea this weekend, even though Hiddink's former club look favourites for the title.

Redknapp feels Saturday could be a key day for the championship.

"Chelsea are favourites and they are a great side, with bags of ability, strength and pace," he said. "Man United have to win at Man City to stay in it and we have to win to push for that fourth spot. I am sure that after these games it will be a lot clearer.

"We probably are going to need to win two and draw two, to take eight points. That's the minimum, you may need more."

England left-back Ashley Cole has recovered from his broken ankle and is back in the first-team squad for the first time since February.

Cole will start on the substitute's bench while coach Carlo Ancelotti will recall Deco, Joe Cole and Florent Malouda against Tottenham.

All three were left out of the starting line-up for the 1-0 win over Bolton on Tuesday night. Michael Essien (knee), Ricardo Carvalho (ankle) and Jose Bosingwa (knee) are all sidelined.

Ancelotti has told his players to forget about double glory as Chelsea continue their quest for League and FA Cup triumphs.

Chelsea are four points clear of Manchester United, who face rivals City at Eastlands, and the Blues have already sealed an FA Cup final against Portsmouth on May 15.

But even with the spotlight firmly on Chelsea's double dreams, Ancelotti does not want his players losing focus.

"It's very easy to keep the players focused," said Ancelotti. "I don't have to work on their focus and motivation any more.

"My work is very easy, because they know what they need to do. We never speak about the double. That's not the right way to prepare at all.

"It is not a formality we will win the title. We have to play very important and difficult games and we have to pay attention.

"I was very impressed with Tottenham's performance against Arsenal on Wednesday and we have to pay attention.

"They played very well. They will be the same. It's a derby again and they are involved in the race for fourth place, so we have to pay attention.

"Now, the title is not so sure for us. We are working to win both the league and the FA Cup. We are involved in both and in a very good position, but nothing is decided.

"I've been working in football for 30 years and it's never sure until you have won. For now, we've not won."

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