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Tottenham v Bolton: FA Cup Preview

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Parker calls for focus. (©GettyImages)
Parker calls for focus. (©GettyImages).

Tottenham v Bolton; White Hart Lane; FA Cup Sixth Round; Tuesday 27 March 2012, 19:30 KO

Team News

Harry Redknapp will make a late decision over the fitness of Aaron Lennon, who could return to the Tottenham line-up after training all week following a three-week lay-off with a hamstring injury.

Carlo Cudicini will deputise for Brad Friedel in the Spurs goal, and Ledley King is likely to be rested.

Long-term absentees Tom Huddlestone (ankle) and Michael Dawson (ankle) will miss out, so Danny Rose and Jake Livermore could feature. With three goals already in this year's competition, Jermain Defoe is poised to return to the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Bolton boss Owen Coyle is expected to name a similar side to that which started the initial encounter, with Dedryck Boyata, Ivan Klasnic and Zat Knight all set to return.

However, Tyrone Mears (knee), Ricardo Gardner (hip), Stuart Holden (knee) and Chung-Yong Lee (broken leg) remain sidelined.


Parker calls for focus



Scott Parker believes Fabrice Muamba's steady recovery following his cardiac arrest at White Hart Lane 10 days ago, has helped his Tottenham teammates come to terms with the incident that forced the club's original FA Cup sixth round clash with Bolton to be rescheduled.

The 31-year-old midfielder is confident that Spurs players are in the right frame of mind as the two sides prepare to replay the match tonight.

"The game before was obviously quite tragic and something that you obviously don't want to see," Parker told Sky Sports. "But with Fabrice's recovery it has probably helped us a lot, and I'm sure it's helped Bolton as well.

"Obviously, it was a little bit tricky after what happened but I think the lads are fine now because we hear Fabrice is doing pretty well, which is pleasing."

Muamba has made remarkable progress since collapsing on the pitch in north London and Bolton confirmed on Monday that he is now eating and speaking, and has also got out of bed.

Whilst Parker - like everyone else in the game - has been pleased with the Trotters star's improvement, he has urged Spurs not to lose sight of what is at stake tonight, passage to the FA Cup semi-finals.

"The way we played at Chelsea has given us a big lift going into what is a big game for us," he explained. "We know it's a Cup quarter-final, with a Wembley semi-final against Chelsea if we win. So it's a big game for us.

"Confidence is good after Saturday's result, so we will look to go into that and win that. There's a big prize on offer.

"We would like a trip to Wembley and not just for the semi-final - we'd like to go to the final so we are looking forward to it."

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