Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur: Match Preview


Stoke City v Tottenham Hotspur; Barclays Premier League; Sunday, 11th December; 1600 GMT

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Rory Delap and Jermaine Pennant are both in contention to return after missing the 1-0 win at Everton, whilst Andy Wilkinson faces a fitness test in a back injury.

Thomas Sorensen is fit again after a mild concussion.

Spurs have a potential injury-crisis, with Gareth Bale, Jermain Defoe and Sandro all injury concerns for Harry Redknapp.

Ledley King is also a potential doubt, whilst Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Niko Kranjcar are all out.


Etherington sets sights on Spurs

Matthew Etherington is plotting the downfall of Tottenham Hotspur as he prepares to face his old club this weekend.

The winger was in the form of his life last season, with suggestions of an England call-up before injury took their toll at the end of the campaign.

After damaging his back in pre-season, the former West Ham United star took time to get going this term, but believes he's back to full fitness now and fully focused on a top ten place in the Barclays Premier League.

"I am fine now. The last few weeks have been the first time for a long time where I have been going into games feeling good.

"It is a refreshing feeling because there is nothing worse than going into games where you have little niggles. I have managed to get rid of them and hope they are gone for a good while."

On Spurs, the former Peterborough United starlet added: "Their first eleven is as good as anything in the league. Maybe their squad is not the same as Manchester City's, but their starting team is as good as there is.

"I think they are playing the best football in the league, so it is going to be a tough test for us.

"Look at how Scott Parker has started, then there's Aaron Lennon, Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor and people like that. It is quite daunting, but that is what we are in the Premier League for.

"We have pitted ourselves against some of the top teams before and got results at the Britannia, so we can do it again."

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