Tottenham winger Aaron Lennon is expected to lose his race to be fit for Sunday's clash against Liverpool when Harry Redknapp's men face their rivals for Champions League qualification.
Lennon picked up a groin injury in the Barclays Premier League win over West Ham and Redknapp initially expected the England international to be out for a "couple of weeks" but it is understood Spurs are planning to be without him for their trip to Anfield.
Spurs boss Redknapp could field Croatia pair Niko Kranjcar and Luka Modric on opposite flanks, as he did in the FA Cup clash against Peterborough on Saturday.
Wales left-back Gareth Bale picked up a dead-leg during the win over Posh but should be fit for the weekend to deputise for Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who has a groin problem.
Bale is determined to build on his opportunity in the first team.
"We've all been working hard in training to keep our fitness levels up so when we do come into the team, we're able to cope," Bale said. "It's nice to get back into the team and I just want to play as well as I can and stay in there. It's a big month, every game will be difficult but hopefully we'll stay in this form and keep winning."
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