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?
News
video
Arts and Entertainment
Jimson Weed/White Flower No 1 by Georgia O'Keeffe
art
Sport
Robin van Persie leaves the field at the King Power Stadium last Sunday
football
Arts and Entertainment
tvPresenter back after daughter's Halloween accident
Arts and Entertainment
Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch as John Watson and Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock
tv

Co-creator Mark Gatiss dropped some very intriguing hints ahead of the BBC drama's return next year

News
people

London 'needs affordable housing'

News
In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo and hashtag '#Ring!' is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced its initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange on November 7, 2013 in London, England. Twitter went public on the NYSE opening at USD 26 per share, valuing the company's worth at an estimated USD 18 billion.
news

Arts and Entertainment
Timeshift: The Ladybird Books Story (9pm BBC4 Sun 22 Dec)
BooksLadybird drops branding books for boys and girls
Arts and Entertainment
music Band accidentally drops four-letter description at concert
Life and Style
tech
News
peopleIan Thorpe addresses Ricky Martin rumours
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

US immigration: President Obama ready to press ahead with long-promised plan to overhaul 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?

Immigration: Obama's final frontier

The President is ready to press ahead with the long-promised plan to overhaul America's 'broken system' - but will it get past a Republican-controlled Congress?
Bill Cosby rape allegations explained: Why are these allegations coming out now? Why didn’t these women come forward earlier? And why has nobody taken legal action?

Bill Cosby rape allegations explained

Why are these allegations coming out now? Why has nobody taken legal action? And what happens next for the man once thought of as 'America's Dad'
Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain

You know that headache you’ve got?

Four years of excruciating seizures caused by the 1cm tapeworm found burrowing through a man's brain
Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?

Scoot commute

Travelling to work by scooter is faster than walking and less sweaty than cycling, so why aren’t we all doing it?
Paul Robeson: The story of how an American icon was driven to death to be told in film

The Paul Robeson story

How an American icon was driven to death to be told in film
10 best satellite navigation systems

Never get lost again: 10 best satellite navigation systems

Keep your vehicle going in the right direction with a clever device
Paul Scholes column: England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil

Paul Scholes column

England must learn to keep possession and dictate games before they are exposed by the likes of Germany and Brazil
Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win says defender as he prepares to return with Hull

Michael Dawson: I’ll thank Spurs after we win

Hull defender faces his struggling former club on Sunday ready to show what they are missing. But he says he will always be grateful to Tottenham
Frank Warren column: Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game

Frank Warren column

Dr Wu has big plans for the professionals yet he should stick to the amateur game
Synagogue attack: Fear unites both sides of Jerusalem as minister warns restoring quiet could take 'months'

Terror unites Jerusalem after synagogue attack

Rising violence and increased police patrols have left residents of all faiths looking over their shoulders
Medecins sans Frontieres: The Ebola crisis has them in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa

'How do you carry on? You have to...'

The Ebola crisis has Medecins sans Frontieres in the headlines, but their work goes far beyond West Africa
Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Isis extends its deadly reach with suicide bombing in Kurdish capital

Residents in what was Iraq’s safest city fear an increase in jihadist attacks, reports Patrick Cockburn
Underwater photography competition winners 2014 - in pictures

'Mysterious and inviting' shot of diver wins photography competition

Stunning image of cenote in Mexico takes top prize
Sir John Major: Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting

Sir John Major hits out at theatres

Negative West End portrayals of politicians put people off voting
Kicking Barbie's butt: How the growth of 3D printing enabled me to make an army of custom-made figurines

Kicking Barbie's butt

How the growth of 3D printing enabled toy-designer to make an army of custom-made figurines