Tottenham v Aston Villa preview

BY foxsports • November 21, 2011

Tottenham midfielder Rafael van der Vaart could recover from his hamstring injury in time to tackle Villa. Van der Vaart is rated 75% fit after sustaining the damage while on international duty for Holland against Switzerland but if he misses out then Jermain Defoe is ready to step in. Vedran Corluka is expected to overcome his ankle problem, but Michael Dawson (Achilles) and Tom Huddlestone (ankle) remain out. Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor is battling to shake off the hamstring injury suffered on England duty. Villa boss Alex McLeish is also hoping skipper Stiliyan Petrov will have recovered from the hamstring injury he sustained against Norwich prior to the international break. On-loan Spurs midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who made his Villa debut as a substitute against the Canaries, is ineligible to face his parent club. Full-back Eric Lichaj (hip) is Villa's only long-term injury casualty. Tottenham (from): Gomes, Friedel, Cudicini, Bale, Kaboul, Corluka, Bassong, Gallas, King, Walker, Assou-Ekotto, Rose, Parker, Modric, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll, Lennon, Falque, Sandro, Pienaar, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Dos Santos, Adebayor, Van der Vaart. Aston Villa (from): Given, Guzan, Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Clark, Warnock, Beye, Herd, Delph, Bannan, Petrov, Ireland, Albrighton, Gardner, Bent, Heskey, Agbonlahor, N'Zogbia, Weimann, Delfouneso.

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