Tottenham v Bolton
Barclays Premier League
White Hart Lane
3rd December 2011, 15:00
Rafael Van Der Vaart has been passed fit to return for Tottenham after missing Spurs 3-1 victory over West Brom and the 2-1 defeat at the hands of PAOK Salonika in mid-week.
Sandro is unavailable for the game with a groin problem, while Niko Kranjcar, Tom Huddlestone and Michael Dawson are long-term absentees.
For Bolton, Dedryck Boyata and forward David Ngog return to the squad having recovered from injury, but Nigel Reo-Coker is a doubt and David Wheater is suspended.
Sandro wary of Bolton threat
Tottenham midfielder Sandro believes Bolton could pose a real threat to his side’s current hot streak, and cited Trotters forward Kevin Davies as one of the best players he has come up against.
Spurs have gone ten games unbeaten in the Premier League since their 5-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City in August, a run which has propelled them up to third, two points behind 2nd place Manchester United with a game in hand.
Bolton meanwhile find themselves struggling to escape the clutches of the relegation zone having lost their previous two games against West Brom and Everton to leave them just two points clear of bottom -placed club Wigan.
While the home side go into the game as huge favourites to pick up all three points, Sandro believes that Davies is one of the most difficult opponents he has come up against during his short career at White Hart Lane and could cause more than his fair share of problems on Saturday.
When asked who his most difficult opponent in that Premier League had been he told Hotspur magazine: “It’s a difficult question...there are so many choices and midfield is a strong position with English teams.”
“One I would mention is Bolton’s Kevin Davies. I have not marked him directly because he plays in attack but he often drops deep and is a very strong opponent. I am glad to leave him to our central defenders!” he added.
The Brazilian international looks set to miss the game after Spurs boss Harry Redknapp revealed he was struggling with a groin complaint.
There was some good news for the former Portsmouth boss however after Rafael Van Der Vaart was declared fit after two weeks on the sidelines.