Redknapp fears rough ride for Sol

Campbell is set to be hit with a barrage of vitriol from Spurs

supporters when he turns out for Arsenal at White Hart Lane. The

veteran centre-back quit Spurs for the Gunners in 2001 and the

Tottenham faithful have never forgiven him. Redknapp knows he

cannot prevent loyal Spurs followers venting their fury towards

Campbell, who is in his second spell at Arsenal, but hopes the

insults do not go too far. “I’m sure he will get some grief. It is

no good me sitting here and saying that he won’t,” Redknapp said.

“They (the fans) pay their money and they are going to do what they

want to do, aren’t they? I just hope they don’t do anything silly

or shout anything silly. “Sure, if they want to jeer him or

whatever, that is fine. But we saw trouble before at Portsmouth

with people making remarks that aren’t right. You do not want

that.” Spurs fans attacked Arsenal’s team bus when Campbell first

returned to the Lane in 2001 before subjecting him to homophobic

chants when he played for Portsmouth against Tottenham at Fratton

Park in 2008. It will therefore not be the first time he has faced

the wrath of his former club’s supporters and Redknapp believes

Campbell, who played under him at Portsmouth for two years, can

cope. “He is used to it now, I suppose,” Redknapp said. “When he

plays, he gets on with it, doesn’t he? He will get on with the

game. He has been through it all before and he is experienced

enough now. “It has been a long-running saga but they have got the

hump with him here and they are not going to forgive him.” Spurs

will be without Aaron Lennon, who suffered a setback in training on

Monday as he bids to overcome a groin injury that he first

sustained in December. Midfield anchorman Wilson Palacios begins a

two-match suspension while Niko Kranjcar could struggle to return

again this season after injuring his ankle in Sunday’s FA Cup

semi-final defeat to Portsmouth. A win for fifth-placed Spurs will

see them narrow the gap to fourth-placed Manchester City to one

point with five matches left.