Tottenham Hotspur Vs Manchester City, Wed 16 Dec 2009

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Midfielder Jermaine Jenas is a doubt for Tottenham Hotspur's Barclays Premier League game with Manchester City as he is struggling to recover from food poisoning.

The England international returned to training on Tuesday but is a major doubt for Harry Redknapp's side who will also be without Ledley King (knee), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Carlo Cudicini (wrist and pelvis).

Redknapp confirmed that Luka Modric (leg), who has not started a game since August, will be on the bench while Roman Pavlyuchenko and David Bentley are also in contention despite being left out of Saturday's squad.

Mark Hughes' team had been tipped by some to mount a title challenge this year but they currently sit sixth, one place behind Spurs.

Some pundits have predicted Hughes will be sacked next summer, particularly if he fails to deliver Champions League football after a summer spending spree that brought the likes of Carlos Tevez and Gareth Barry to the club.

Redknapp, though, believes his opposite number will remain at Eastlands for some time to come.

"I think Mark's doing a good job there and the people he works for appreciate what he does," said the Tottenham boss.

"I certainly don't see him going anywhere next season except being at Manchester City again.

"They are playing well. They look what I expected them to be - good, strong with terrific players. How many times have they lost this year? Once. That tells you everything."

Wonger Shaun Wright-Phillips will definitely miss Manchester City's trip to the capital.

The England international was forced out of Saturday's draw at Bolton after aggravating an ankle injury and is already a doubt for Saturday's encounter with Sunderland.

Craig Bellamy is suspended for the trip to White Hart Lane but Nigel de Jong has recovered from swine flu, while fears that Emmanuel Adebayor was about to be laid low by the illness have proved unfounded.

After a run of eight draws in nine games, City could do with a few victories, even if they have lost fewer games than all their top flight rivals.

Yet White Hart Lane has not been a particularly happy hunting ground in recent years.

City have won only one league game at the famous north London venue since 1991 and Tottenham currently have one of the better sides of recent times thanks to the recruiting skills of Harry Redknapp.

"Spurs have a very good squad with plenty of depth," said Hughes. "If they are playing to their maximum they will always cause you problems.

"Harry has invested well. He has spent a lot of money but he has brought good players to the club."

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