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Spurs team news: Duo ruled out but Sherwood welcomes three players back

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Friday, April 4, 2014
3:09 PM

Tim Sherwood says Roberto Soldado and Jan Vertonghen will miss Monday’s home match against Sunderland, but he has welcomed three players back into the squad.

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Vertonghen limped out of Sunday’s clash against Liverpool at Anfield in the first half, while Soldado was stretchered off late on.

However, Sherwood can call upon the returning Emmanuel Adebayor, Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho for the upcoming game against the Mackems.

“Obviously Soldado and Vertonghen were carried off at Anfield so they won’t be fit,” said the head coach. “I have not had an update [on when they will be back] but they won’t be available for this weekend.

“Younes has had another week’s training so we’re happy with him. Adebayor has been training so he’s up for selection.

“There’s a chance he [Adebayor] could start. He’s done a week’s training so he’s got enough time under his belt. He won’t be 100 per cent but he’s quite good at 70 per cent.

“You’re obviously going to miss a player of his quality but he’s looked good, we’re happy with what he’s produced this week.

“Chiriches has come through an Under-21 game last week so he’s got some minutes under his belt and he’s up for selection.

“Paulinho will be back in the squad after missing out last week through conjunctivitis. It’s not too bad.”

Spurs suffered another embarrassing defeat against one of the top four teams at the weekend, losing 4-0 at Anfield.

That has left them with little to play for – just a Europa League spot, which is a questionable prize anyway – but Sherwood is determined to oversee a strong and entertaining end to the season.

“You have to kick on and move on, you can’t dwell on it too long, as much as the scars will always be there from the heavy defeat we’ve received this season,2 he said.

“It’s about moving on to the next one and, between now and the end of the season, we have to make sure we play with pride and give the great fans that Tottenham have 100 per cent all of the time.

“They shouldn’t need anyone to motivate them. I never needed motivating to play football. If you need motivating then you shouldn’t be in this game.

“You’ve got 35,000 fans coming to cheer you on.

“It’s all about pride now and getting the maximum points possible between now and the end of the season.

“We’ve got to play with the shackles off. We’re not coming up against a technical mismatch now, against teams in the top four. We’re playing against teams who are in and around mid-table or below that, so we really have to play with a lot of freedom and try to entertain these great fans that we have.”

Sherwood played with Sunderland boss Gus Poyet at Tottenham and he added: “Could I see Gus going into management? I probably could. He was a leader of men.

“Could he see me going into management? He’d probably say he could. It’s no surprise that we are both in the hot-seat and I think he has done a very good job wherever he has been.

“I’m hoping for his sake that Sunderland can remain in the division, but unfortunately for him I don’t want it to start on Monday night.

“If their spirit can mirror their manager, then they will certainly be going until they have no breath left in them. That gives them a real opportunity.

“They haven’t been fantastic - their results have suggested that, but we really have to worry about ourselves.”

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