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Tottenham v Shamrock Rovers: Match Preview

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Tottenham v Shamrock Rovers;
Europa League;
White Hart Lane;
Thurs, 29th Sep; 20:05 KO

Team news

Aaron Lennon looks set to feature for Tottenham after recovering from a groin problem, while Danny Rose will also return. Roman Pavlyuchenko and Steven Pienaar look set to play after overcoming injuries as well.

For Rovers, Craig Sives is expected to return after recovering from a groin injury, and Ken Oman is also a possibility to pass a fitness test in time for the match.
 



Redknapp juggling big games

Harry Redknapp has admitted that tonight’s team will field younger and more inexperienced players, as the Spurs manager keeps one eye on the north London derby this weekend.

Tottenham face a tough couple of days fixture wise, with Shamrock Rovers tonight and then Arsenal on Sunday.

And Redknapp acknowledged that while the side will run onto the pitch all-guns-blazing tonight, he is trying to rotate the squad so that they can be at full strength in three days time.


 

"Players like Gareth Bale and [Emmanuel] Adebayor will not play. I can't afford to miss them for the weekend," Redknapp said.

"It's a game we're entitled to win. But they will rise to the big occasion. They're a good side and have done well."

With returns imminent from Aaron Lennon, Danny Rose, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Steven Pienaar, Redknapp is hoping to build up their game time and get his stars back to full match fitness.

"We've got a stronger, more experienced team… and a chance to play some of the other lads,” he added.

And despite Tottenham fielding a side without big stars Gareth Bale and Emmanuel Adebayor, Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O’Neill is still wary of Spurs playing to their best at White Hart Lane.

"Tottenham will be a tough challenge,” he said.

“You look at their players and, while people might say it will not be their strongest side, those players come in wanting to force their way into the strongest team so they are very hungry to play.

"I think we will face a top class side regardless of what the personnel is and we'll have to deal with it."

Topics:
Europa League
Tottenham Hotspur
Emmanuel Adebayor
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Football
Aaron Lennon
Danny Rose
Premier League
Gareth Bale
Steven Pienaar
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