Redknapp backs fringe players

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Harry Redknapp says both Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar have futures at Tottenham Hotspur, despite limited appearances for the pair this season.

Pienaar missed most of the beginning of the season after picking up a pre-season groin problem, while Kranjcar's run in the side was cut short by an ankle injury.

The South African skipper has featured just four times for Spurs this season, while Kranjcar hasn't started a league game since September, but neither, as was shown on Saturday when both earned starts against Cheltenham Town, will be left out in the cold according to Redknapp.

''Players like Pienaar and (Niko) Kranjcar are good players and they can get in the team,'' Redknapp said.

''You saw on Saturday that they have quality and they have a big part to play between now and the end of the season.

''Pienaar is a good lad and he is in the running to play on Wednesday now that he has got a game under his belt.''

Having made just 15 Tottenham appearances in 2011, Pienaar's Tottenham career has failed to get off the ground since his January move from Everton.

Kranjcar, who himself has only made 23 appearances in the last calendar year, is ready to stick it out at White Hart Lane.

"I still believe my future is here," he said.

"I know the next few months I want to stay, get in shape and hopefully have a good Euro 2012.

"The club have been great with me since I came. If I don't play here I still hope to be in good shape for the Euros.

"I would hope to prove myself in the friendlies before the tournament. That's why I'm staying.

"I hope to prove that I deserve my place in the national team. The manager (Slaven Bilic) has stuck by me all the way through."

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