Rami Shaaban keeps his place for the North London derby match tomorrow, according to the Arsenal.com preview. He didn't have a lot to do against PSV on Wednesday, but clearly did it well enough to impress Le Boss. So Stuart Taylor
appears to be third choice again this season. Rami's ability to
be in 2 places at once towards the end of the PSV match may have tipped the balance. David Seaman is still recovering from the groin stage picked up right at the end of the win over Newcastle and there's no indciation of when he's expected to be back.
The official site doesn't tell us anything else. But we know that
Keown and Parlour are still out. Kanu and Lauren are not believed to be ready to return either, and according to Ananova Edu is also injured.
But Sol Campbell is expected to return from injury to replace the error-prone Igors Stepanovs against Sol's old team. Ashley Cole will presumably return at left back so the defence should
have a more familiar look to it, and if Luzhny continues his good form it may be good enough to give the rookie keeper some
Spurs welcome back Christian Ziege and Ledley King, both back in the squad after injuries. Incredibly, thanks to injuries this could be the first match in which Stephen Carr and Ziege both play, although the German reckons he's unlikely to start the match.
Les Ferdinand and Matthew Etherington are back in training too,
after back and ankle problems respectively, but we're not sure if they've made the squad for the Arsenal match.
Tim Sherwood is also fit again following a knee ligament injury,
and may not have been playing anyway after having been openly critical
of Hoddle's methods and the club's "lack of ambition" (the new
"I want away" euphemism). But he played a reserve game on Monday with no after-effects and is hoping to get the call so he can hack away at Patrick Vieira again. He is quoted as saying that it's a game he used to dream about playing in as a kid because he is "a Spurs fan as well so I know what it means to them (the fans)". You can call
yourself a Spurs fan all you like Tim, but we know the truth....
it wasn't a white shirt you dreamed of wearing when you were a kid, was it???
That leaves Neil Sullivan, Mauricio Taricco, and Anthony Gardner as their injured absentees.
Glenn Hoddle has been saying that he hopes the distastefully excessive Sol-bashing by Tottenham fans from last season
is now a thing of the past. Well, we think that's what he meant
("There will be more of a team support rather than one person being focalised"). Fat chance, we reckon. But we hope they surprise us.