Spurs fret on Bale as Norwich ring changes

Updated: April 8, 2012

With Tottenham’s bid for Champions League qualification having faltered in recent weeks, the north London club are waiting on the fitness of their talisman Gareth Bale ahead of their pivotal clash with Norwich at White Hart Lane on Monday.

Having taken just six points from their last seven league games Tottenham have been on a poor run of form but they will still be favorites to claim the fourth and final Champions League berth from the Barclays Premier League ahead of Chelsea and Newcastle.

Having scored a brace at Carrow Road to earn Spurs a 2-0 win at Carrow Road earlier in the season, manager Harry Redknapp will hope that star man Gareth Bale will be fit to play.  The Welshman sustained an ankle injury during Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Sunderland.

Norwich are also coming into the Bank Holiday Monday clash on the back of a draw, following an entertaining 2-2 encounter with Everton.  The point takes the Canaries to the magical 40 mark and they are now assured of playing Premier League football next season with the pressure now seemingly off the newly promoted side.

Aaron Lennon looks set to start his first game in almost a month while Jermain Defoe could also feature while Ledley King is set to return for the home side following a knee injury.

Manager Paul Lambert will ring the changes for Norwich for their second Premier League game in 48 hours.

Irish winger Anthony Pilkington could start after being left out of the squad on Saturday while Simeon Jackson, Andrew Crofts and Zak Whitbread could also be recalled.

Kyle Naughton is ineligible having been loaned from Spurs, and Marc Tierney (groin injury), Daniel Ayala (knee) and James Vaughan (knee) are out.

Probable starting XIs

Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, King, Kaboul, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Parker, Sandro, Modric, Defoe, Saha.

Norwich: Ruddy, Martin, Whitbread, Ward, Drury, Pilkington, Surman, Hoolahan, Crofts, Jackson, Morison.

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