Keane remains confident of ending goal drought

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Robbie Keane insists he is unconcerned by Tottenham's lack of firepower even though Martin Jol's squad has been ravaged by fresh injuries ahead of the Uefa Cup tie with Slavia Prague.

Jol is now down to just two fit strikers - Keane and the Egyptian forward Mido - after Jermain Defoe was ruled out of the first-round, second-leg tie with an ankle injury. The club's new £10.8m striker Dimitar Berbatov remains on the sidelines with a persistent groin problem, leaving Jol to face the Czech side at White Hart Lane with limited attacking options.

Jol is further hampered by new injuries to the defender and captain Ledley King, the midfielder Edgar Davids and the full-back Paul Stalteri.

Spurs have failed to score in the Premiership for seven hours and 13 minutes but they did manage a vital away goal in Prague to give them a slender advantage going into the return leg.

But Keane, who has not scored for the club since hitting the net against Arsenal in the north London derby at Highbury last April, remains confident it is only a matter of time before they start scoring regularly. Keane said: "We know we have players in the team who will always score goals. It's just a matter of getting that first one and then to kick on from there.

"I've gone past the stage of worrying about not scoring. When I was a kid I used to worry about it too much and end up having nightmares about it. We know we are not performing as well as we would like to. But we also know we are doing the right things.

"In football you need a bit of luck and at the moment we haven't had that.

"I feel very good and quite sharp and it is just a case of getting a tap-in or something like that to set me off. As strikers we take the responsibility for scoring because that's our job. But the players we have in the squad, the talented midfield players, they know they need to score goals as well."

Spurs have not scored in the league since Jermaine Jenas fired the second in their 2-0 win over Sheffield United and Jol admits he is struggling to find the right blend in midfield after the sale of Michael Carrick to Manchester United.

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