John Terry absence for Chelsea not major factor says Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas

 

Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says the absence of John Terry will not be a major factor as he prepares to welcome his former club Chelsea to White Hart Lane tomorrow.

Villas-Boas, sacked by the Blues in March after less than nine months in charge, insists Chelsea have enough strength in depth to cope without the central defender, who starts a four-match ban for racial abuse.

Villas-Boas said: "A player of this dimension is always sorely missed. But in the end, I've worked with those players in the past and the reality is in that precise sector we never had problems. Other centre-backs are tremendously good too."

West Brom head coach Steve Clarke has warned his buoyant Baggies they face the biggest test of their season so far as they prepare to meet Manchester City at The Hawthorns.

Clarke said: "I think it's the biggest test we've faced at home so far this season. We've not had easy home games, but champions are champions. These are the games you have to relish and look forward to, and we do."

Chris Hughton's Norwich head into their Carrow Road clash with Arsenal undaunted by their winless start to the season and warning pundits to write off their survival chances at their peril.

Winger Elliott Bennett said: "People did not think we would stay up last season but we did. The more people who go against this team, the better we seem to be."

Andy Carroll is set to start for West Ham at home to Southampton after recovering from a hamstring injury, with fellow striker Ricardo Vaz Te ruled out for three months with a shoulder injury.

Saints are without record signing Gaston Ramirez and boss Nigel Adkins expects a tough game, insisting: "They've had a great start to the campaign. They are very effective and I have a lot of respect for Sam Allardyce."

Fulham face a striker shortage at home to Aston Villa with Dimitar Berbatov struggling to shake off a hip injury and Bryan Ruiz also facing a late test after picking up an injury on international duty.

Ryan Shawcross is expected to shrug off his late return from international duty with England to line up for Stoke at Old Trafford, while Reading go in search of their first win of the season against Liverpool at Anfield.

Wigan travel to Swansea with boss Roberto Martinez refusing to rule out a swoop for Honduran international Roger Espinoza. Martinez said: "We have got a really strong link with Honduras, so it (the link) doesn't surprise me."

In Sunday action, Martin O'Neill takes charge of his first home Wear-Tyne derby when Newcastle visit the Stadium of Light, and Everton bid to heap more woe on beleaguered QPR boss Mark Hughes at Loftus Road.

PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee