Barclays Premier League – 28th Dec 2010 – KO 15:00 – Ground: White Hart Lane
Rafael van der Vaart showed how important he is to Tottenham’s title challenge with two goals at Aston Villa and the Dutch master can inspire the side to more glory against Newcastle.
Jermain Defoe will miss the remainder of Tottenham’s fixtures over the festive period as he serves a three-match ban after being sent off for violent conduct against Aston Villa.
Midfielders Jermaine Jenas and Niko Kranjcar are both pushing for recalls after recovering from hamstring and ankle injuries.
Centre back William Gallas remains doubtful while captain Ledley King (groin), Tom Huddlestone (ankle), Jamie O’Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are still sidelined.
Newcastle will be without captain Kevin Nolan as he serves a one-match ban after being booked five times this season.
Striker Shola Ameobi is Newcastle’s main fitness worry as he struggles to overcome a hamstring strain that ruled him out of their 3-1 home defeat to Manchester City on Boxing Day.
Ameobi is battling to recover from the hamstring strain that ruled him out of the Boxing Day clash against Manchester City.
Steve Harper could replace Tim Krul in goal but Dan Gosling (knee), Ryan Taylor (ankle ligaments) Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) are on the long-term injury list.
Venue: White Hart Lane
Aston Villa: LWLDL
Possible Tottenham Line Up: Gomes; Hutton, Kaboul, Dawson, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale, xan der Vaart, Crouch.
Possible Newcastle Line Up: Harper , Coloccini, S. Taylor, José Enrique, Simpson, Nolan, Barton, Routledge, Gutiérrez, Tioté, Carroll
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