Fulham Vs Tottenham Hotspur, Sat 26 Dec 2009

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Fulham striker Andy Johnson is available for the Boxing Day clash with Tottenham at Craven Cottage.

Johnson returned to training this week after recovering from the groin injury which has kept him sidelined since October.

Simon Davies (ankle), Seol Ki-Hyeon (leg) and Diomansy Kamara (knee) remain in the treatment room.

Manager Roy Hodgson insists Bobby Zamora's dazzling form has ensured Fulham have no regrets at their failure to sign Peter Crouch.

Crouch completed a #9million transfer from Portsmouth to Tottenham in the summer after rejecting a move to Craven Cottage.

In the same transfer window Zamora turned down an offer from Hull after deciding to fight for his place in west London, and Fulham have benefited enormously.

The 28-year-old striker scored his 10th goal of the season in Saturday's 3-0 drubbing of Manchester United and has been a revelation in recent weeks.

"No I don't wish we had signed Crouch because luckily Bobby Zamora has come up trumps and has played so well," said Hodgson. "Crouch had the chance to join Fulham or Tottenham and he chose them. That meant we were able to keep Bobby. With Bobby playing well it's not something we've missed.

"When Bobby was on his way to Hull, as was being mooted at the time, it would have been much more problematic for us. Peter made his decision and we're pleased he's doing well but we've survived with the players we have."

Tottenham pair Ledley King and Luka Modric are in the squad for the clash.

King has been recovering from a hamstring injury and is hopeful of playing one of the two games over Christmas, while Modric has recovered from an ankle complaint during his comeback from a fractured fibula.

Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Alan Hutton (foot) look set to miss out, while Vedran Corluka needs checking as he has picked up a bug. Carlo Cudicini (pelvis and wrist) is a long-term absentee.

Ahead of the game, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp does not want to sell Robbie Keane but has hinted at changes in his forward line if Manchester City are willing to sell Craig Bellamy.

Keane was said to have orchestrated the secret Christmas party that angered Redknapp and led to a donation to charity from the players involved - but the Spurs boss did not consider taking the captaincy away from the Irishman.

"Robbie is the captain and that wasn't going to change," Redknapp said. "Not a chance, and it never, ever entered my mind, I was never going to change it."

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