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Soldado missing for Spurs

Roberto Soldado will be absent for Tottenham's Europa League play-off clash with AEL Limassol, although Vlad Chiriches is poised to make his return on Thursday.

Soldado has an issue with his neck and back so will miss the second leg at White Hart Lane, where Kyle Walker continues to miss out through a hip complaint.

Chiriches will be available for the first time this season after recovering from a back injury, while Kyle Naughton returns having missed the QPR win through suspension. Michel Vorm and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are not registered for the match.

Spurs squad: Lloris, Friedel, McGee, Naughton, Kaboul, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Dier, Davies, Rose, Veljkovic, Capoue, Bentaleb, Sandro, Paulinho, Dembele, Eriksen, Lamela, Lennon, Chadli, Townsend, Holtby, Adebayor, Kane.


Redknapp praise for Spurs boss

Harry Redknapp has praised new Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino but insists anything other than a top-four finish this season would be a disappointment for Spurs.

I like the manager there.

He did a great job at Southampton, and I'm sure he'll do a great job at Tottenham. They should be pushing to get into the top four, and if they don't it would be a disappointment for Tottenham - that's what they've been trying to do the past couple of seasons, and anything below would be a disappointment.

– Harry Redknapp
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