Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers: Match Preview

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Tottenham Hotspur v Blackburn Rovers
Barclays Premier League
White Hart Lane
Sunday April 29; 16:00

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Tottenham will be without Benoit Assou-Ekotto for the rest of the season after the full-back picked up a shoulder injury in the 1-0 defeat against QPR last week.

However there was some good news for Spurs after Younes Kaboul recovered quicker than expected from a knee injury and could take part on Sunday, while Emmanuel Adebayor should also return to lead the line having missed out last weekend.

For Blackburn, Grant Haley has been ruled out for the rest of the season with an ankle ligament injury, but Simon Vukcevic has recovered from a virus to give Rovers boss Steve Kean an almost fully-fit squad.

Redknapp boosted by injury returns

Harry Redknapp says Tottenham are fit and raring to go with Blackburn the visitors to White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Spurs recent slump in form has left them in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification, with last week’s defeat against QPR extending their poor run to just one win in their last nine games.

Rumours this week also suggested discontent in the Spurs camp, with Redknapp and Emmanuel Adebayor reportedly falling out during a training session.

However Redknapp says his side are ready to go up against Rovers this weekend, and have been buoyed by the return of Adebayor and Younes Kaboul from injury after both missed the defeat at Loftus Road last weekend.

"I was delighted this morning. There are one or two players back and we look strong again,” Redknapp told

"It's all systems go from now on. We are positive. We are looking forward to the last four games, we are in a great situation where we can still make Champions League and we are ready to go for it."

For the second week running Spurs face a team threatened by relegation, and Redknapp says he is well aware of the danger posed by a team fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table.

"We are going to be scrapping for our lives as well, arent we?" he replied when asked about the danger Blackburn pose. "We have to be haven't we?

"So no, we will both be scrapping. If we scrap at our best we should win because we are higher than them in the league. We have to scrap as hard as they do and the exra quality should come through.

"We are still bang in there. We are not down or despondent. We have four games to now try to finish in the top four, that's what we have to try to do."

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