Uefa Cup previews

Defoe and Kaboul sit out Danish test
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Jermain Defoe and Younes Kaboul have been ruled out of Tottenham's Uefa Cup match against Aalborg at White Hart Lane tonight. Defoe has a cold and Kaboul a groin injury, and they join Ledley King (knee), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (knee), Ricardo Rocha (ankle) and Anthony Gardner (ankle) on the sidelines. Gareth Bale returned from a foot injury to play against West Ham at the weekend and had no adverse reaction. The manager Sergio Ramos has no definite time-frame for King's return. "We need experience and leadership," Ramos said. "The team is very young so we need somebody to take responsibility and cope with the pressure we're under."

Team (from): Robinson, Cerny, Chimbonda, Stalteri, Lee, Dawson, Tainio, Jenas, Zokora, Lennon, Malbranque, Boateng, Bale, Huddlestone, Taarabt, Routledge, Bent, Berbatov, Keane, Archibald-Henville.

Diamond back for Aberdeen

The Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood is confident striker Chris Clark and defender Zander Diamond will be fit for tonight's Uefa Cup tie with Atletico Madrid. Veteran midfielder Jackie McNamara is fit to take part in Spain, as is the young defender Dan Smith. However, striker Steve Lovell is missing because of a stomach muscle problem.

Team (from): Langfield, Hart, Byrne, Considine, Diamond, D Smith, Foster, McNamara, Severin, Nicholson, Clark, Touzani, Young, Miller, Maguire, De Visscher, Aluko, Soutar.

Bolton could give Stelios start tonight

Stelios Giannakopoulos could be handed a rare first-team chance as Bolton resume their European campaign against Aris Salonika at the Reebok tonight. The Greek midfielder has started one Carling Cup game this season and is desperate to impress new manager, Gary Megson. "If you ask any player in the world if they are happy when they are not playing they will say no," he said. "But it is up to me to turn it around. I am settled here and I have no problems." Megson has no new injury concerns but is likely to shuffle the line-up with one eye already on next weekend.

Team (from): Jaaskelainen, McCann, Michalik, A O'Brien, Meite, Gardner, Cid, Campo, Guthrie, Nolan, Speed, Alonso, Diouf, Davies, Anelka, Al Habsi, Samuel, Teymourian, Braaten, Giannakopoulos.

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