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Fulham v Spurs - Squad News

last updated Tuesday 10th September 2002, 10:59 PM


Premiership - Fulham v Tottenham

19.45 - 11/09/2002

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Manager Jean Tigana will have a full squad at his disposal when he finalises his side for Wednesday night's match against early-season leaders Tottenham at Loftus Road.

However, Tigana knows he doesn't have long to prepare for Wednesday's game against Spurs and realises the match is vital.

All Fulham's internationals reported back fit today from their weekend outings with their countries. Andy Melville was in Finland with Wales, Steve Finnan was in Russia with Ireland, Steve Marlet was in Cyprus with France and Edwin van der Sar was in Holland. Luis Boa Morte also played for Portugal the second half against England at Villa Park.

Pierre Wome could be set to make his Fulham debut at last. The defender, signed on loan from Bologna, has been waiting patiently for the chance to force his way into the side and now manager Jean Tigana believes he is ready. The left wing-back has been declared match fit after two weeks' training with his new team-mates and is expected to be named in the squad to face Spurs.

Fulham (from):

Edwin van der Sar(G), Maik Taylor(G),

Steve Finnan(D), Andy Melville(D/C), Alain Goma(D/C),
Zat Knight(D/C), Abdeslam Ouaddou(D/C), Rufus Brevett(D),

Sylvain Legwinski(M), John Collins(M), Sean Davis(D/M),
Lee Clark(M), Pierre Wome(D/M)

Junichi Inamoto(M/A), Steed Malbranque(M/A), Luis Boa Morte(M/A),

Steve Marlet(A), Facundo Sava(A), Louis Saha(A), Barry Hayles(A).

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Tottenham manager Glenn Hoddle's principal dilemma revolves around the possible debut of £7m newman Robbie Keane.

Les Ferdinand, Steffen Iversen and Gary Doherty all have strong claims to partner skipper Teddy Sheringham up front for the early season pace-setters.

It could even mean Keane being given a role just behind the front two with either Simon Davies or Matthew Etherington dropping out.

Jamie Redknapp is carrying a knock while young defender Anthony Gardner should shake off a thigh strain and return to the back four alongside Dean Richards.

Gary Doherty may be needed at right-back instead of injured Mauricio Taricco

Stephen Carr is not yet ready after a hamstring tear, and Darren Anderton and Steffen Freund are still recovering from knee problems.

Tottenham (from):

Kasey Keller(G), Lars Hirschfeld(G),

Goran Bunjevcevic(D), Dean Richards(D),Christian Ziege(D),
Gary Doherty(D), Ben Thatcher(D), Chris Perry(D), Anthony Gardner(D),

Simon Davies(M/A), Milenko Acimovic(M/A),
Jonathan Blondel(M/A), Matthew Etherington(M/A),

Les Ferdinand(A), Steffen Iversen(A),
Teddy Sheringham(A), Robbie Keane(A).

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