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Redknapp the King of wishful thinking

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp is confident of using Ledley King in the 10 remaining Barclays Premier League games this season now the club's fixture congestion is over.

King has a chronic knee problem that prevents him playing matches in quick succession but Spurs are no longer in cup competitions and do not have midweek matches scheduled for the rest of the campaign.

"I think Ledley, with a bit of luck, could be available for the rest of the season," Redknapp said. "Ledley's problem is he can't do it on Saturday and midweek; but we've got no more midweek games, so I may well get Ledley available every week which would be a big boost."

King has already doubled the 10 appearances he made last season but his absences led to Redknapp retaining the centre-back as club captain and giving Robbie Keane the armband as team captain.

Keane's goal at Sunderland at the weekend edged Spurs closer to safety - but he feels a big club could get relegated this season.

"There are loads of them and there are some really big teams that can easily get relegated like Newcastle," said the Irishman. "The only ones that are safe are from Manchester United down to Everton.

"It is a strange league and it is good, but only if we stay up."

Meanwhile, Roman Pavlyuchenko insists he wants to stay at White Hart Lane.

"I want to make it clear I am happy with Spurs and I want to win things here and have never said otherwise," he said. "London already feels like home.

"I am pleased because this is the strongest league in the world and Spurs are one of the biggest clubs in England. This is what every footballer dreams about."

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Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland
Robbie Keane
Roman Pavlyuchenko
Football
Ledley King
Premier League
Manchester United
Everton
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