Harry Redknapp is hoping yoga and pilates will help his Tottenham squad as they attempt to juggle the Europa League with their main priorities this season.
Key players will be rested for tonight's tie against Rubin Kazan at White Hart Lane and Redknapp has a shortage of cover in central defence, meaning Jake Livermore may be asked to play out of position. With seven players unavailable, Spurs are stretched in their bid for a top-four place. But Redknapp at least feels players his players are getting the best possible preparation for training after a new warm-up was introduced by goalkeeper Brad Friedel's yoga instructor.
"We have been getting into doing the yoga and I think pilates is just an amazing," Redknapp said. "It's great for them so they are all doing it now. I think it makes them supple. I joined in last week with all the coaches. I had sciatica for the next three nights, so I went missing when they were doing it next. But it's a great thing to do.
"When I started out as a manager, we didn't know what yoga was. You didn't even go on the pitch before the game. It didn't happen when England won the World Cup at Wembley."
Ledley King, William Gallas, Michael Dawson and Vedran Corluka are on the treatment table and will not return in time for Sunday's trip to Blackburn. Tom Huddlestone, Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar are also out. But Aaron Lennon and Sandro are ready to return in midfield.
Redknapp also criticised the idea of scrapping Premier League relegation, which was put forward by some foreign owners. "[The FA] have got to be strong," he said. "They cannot let that happen to our game. How can you not have promotion and relegation? It's scandalous."
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