Centre-back headache for Harry

Tottenham centre-backs Ledley King, Sebastien Bassong and Jonathan Woodgate are ruled out of the Carling Cup third-round clash against Preston.

Last Updated: 22/09/09 at 15:26

Bassong: Has head, neck and knee problems

Bassong: Has head, neck and knee problems

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King (hamstring) and Bassong (head, neck and knee) were injured against Chelsea at the weekend, while Woodgate may require further surgery on a groin complaint - but the good news is Michael Dawson returning from an Achilles problem.

Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko (Achilles) is also sidelined, while midfielder Niko Kranjcar is cup-tied.

Spurs (from): Gomes, Cudicini, Walker, Hutton, Bale, Bentley, Huddlestone, Lennon, Jenas, Keane, Palacios, Crouch, Naughton, Giovani, Defoe, Dawson, Corluka, Rose, Dervite, Assou-Ekotto.

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