Ledley King wants to ensure Dimitar Berbatov suffers a miserable return to White Hart Lane, despite boss Harry Redknapp giving his skipper little chance of facing Manchester United on Saturday.

Inflammation to King's knee means the 28-year-old struggles to play games in quick succession, although he will sit out training this week in the hope of facing Berbatov, who left for Old Trafford in acrimony three months ago.

King, who scored in the 2-0 win over West Ham on Monday, said: "Of course I am desperate to face United, because I want to be involved in all the big games. It is a shorter week than normal for me, with the West Ham game being on a Monday night, but I will do my best to prepare and hopefully I will be available."

He added: "Until the match comes along, I won't be counted out. I have niggles, but I just leave it and wait for the day. I have no problem doing that."

King feels Berbatov will get a positive reaction from the crowd and the Spurs players he left behind.

"Dimitar Berbatov was brilliant for the club, and he was a fans' favourite, but hopefully we can keep him quiet on Saturday," he said.

"There will be no animosity between us. We will say hello to him and shake his hand but once we are on the pitch, we have a job to do.

"It happens a lot that you face your former team-mates, and I am used to playing against people I know, so facing Dimitar won't be an issue."

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