Tottenham v Birmingham preview

Harry Redknapp could have a number of his Spurs first-team regulars

back from injury for Sunday’s match, but Rafael van der Vaart is a

big doubt with a calf problem he suffered last week against

Liverpool. Alan Hutton (knee), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (hamstring) and

Jermaine Jenas (thigh) are all fit but star winger Gareth Bale

remains sidelined with an ankle injury. Steven Pienaar is a doubt

with a groin problem, but Heurelho Gomes (back), Tom Huddlestone

(ankle), Wilson Palacios (knee) and Ledley King (groin) could all

play despite spending time in the treatment room recently. Craig

Gardner and Liam Ridgewell return after two and one-match

suspensions respectively for Birmingham, who need to at least equal

the results of Blackpool and Wigan to ensure Premier League

survival. Blues boss Alex McLeish will check on the fitness of Lee

Bowyer (hamstring), Martin Jiranek (ankle) and Stuart Parnaby

(groin) who were all substituted against Fulham. Alexander Hleb is

definitely ruled out with a knee setback suffered against the

Cottagers while on-loan Tottenham winger David Bentley is

ineligible to face his parent club. Tottenham (from): Gomes,

Cudicini, Pletikosa, Hutton, Bassong, Assou-Ekotto, Dawson, Kaboul,

King, Woodgate, Lennon, Jenas, Huddlestone, Pienaar, Sandro,

Modric, Jenas, Rose, Kranjcar, Palacios, Van der Vaart, Defoe,

Pavlyuchenko, Crouch. Birmingham (from): Foster, Carr, Johnson,

Jiranek, Ridgewell, Parnaby, Murphy, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner,

Bowyer, Jerome, Phillips, Doyle, Fahey, Derbyshire, Mutch, Davies,