Team News

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp received welcome news on Monday when midfielder Rafael van der Vaart was passed fit for Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first-leg game against AC Milan.

Van der Vaart missed Saturday's 2-1 win over Sunderland with a calf strain and with several other midfielders absent Redknapp was desperately hoping the Dutchman would recover.

Gareth Bale, who scored a hat-trick last time Spurs were in the city, when they lost 4-3 to Inter in the group phase, misses the game with a back injury and Jermaine Jenas is suspended.

Luka Modric is struggling to make the starting side as he recovers from an operation to remove his appendix less than two weeks ago.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will not be "stupid" by rushing back midfielder Samir Nasri for Wednesday's Champions League last 16 first-leg match against Barcelona, the Frenchman said on Monday.

"I will not take a crazy gamble," Wenger said of his compatriot Nasri, who he admitted is "physically ready" after a two-week layoff with a hamstring injury.

"He has worked very hard in the last week...just there is a risk to have a setback," Wenger added on the club's website ( before saying Nasri would have tests on Monday and Tuesday.

And finally...
Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no fresh injury worries as his side search for a third successive Barclays Premier League win against Newcastle on Tuesday night...

Former Newcastle striker Obafemi Martins could start again while Cameron Jerome is also in contention. McLeish has a full squad to choose from with the exception of long-term injury victims James McFadden and Scott Dann.


  1. so if arsenal is not doing too badly, look for nasri to be a late late sub against barcelona or not at all, and then play against stoke.

    i was stubbornly keeping van der vaart at $6 and it looks he might be able to play the next premier league game for spurs. this i a bit of luck. i had it earlier when everyone dropped van der vaart and he missed only one game.

    need ben foster and roger johnson to keep them clean sheets coming. bentley needs to assist martins brace.

  2. Anonymous9:55 AM

    nice Display pic :D

  3. Anonymous6:58 PM

    Couldn't read this post. Posted picture is too distracting.


  4. You mean there was a blog post beneath that picture?

  5. nasri came through with man of the match honors. he also out dueled brasilian superstar dani alves.