Perry back to bolster Spurs' European aims

Paul Short
Wednesday 19 March 2003 01:00
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Tottenham defender Chris Perry is expected to make his return from injury in the reserves tomorrow after two months on the sidelines. Perry, who suffered a slipped disc in the 4-3 White Hart Lane victory over Everton in mid-January, is eager to reclaim his first-team spot and help the club book a place in next season's Uefa Cup.

Glen Johnson, 18, who is now West Ham's first-choice right-back, has signed a new four-year contract.

The Middlesbrough defender Stuart Parnaby could miss a key part of his side's late push for Europe after tearing a hamstring. The 20-year-old full-back limped off 41 minutes into Saturday's 3-2 Barclaycard Premiership win at Leeds and a scan has revealed a torn hamstring which could mean a lengthy lay-off.

The injury will come as a major blow both to the youngster and his manager, Steve McClaren. Parnaby has been a fixture in the side since being given his chance when first-choice right-back Robbie Stockdale was sidelined in October.

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