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Mar 10, 2007

Spurs' FA Cup hopes hit by double injury blow

Paul Robinson and Robbie Keane have been ruled out of Tottenham's FA Cup quarter-final at Chelsea tomorrow.

Goalkeeper Robinson has a thigh injury and striker Keane an ankle problem, both picked up in Thursday night's UEFA Cup win at Braga.

The pair join Ledley King (foot), Jermaine Jenas (groin) and Danny Murphy (Achilles) on the sidelines.

Manager Martin Jol told the club's official website: 'Robbo can't play because he has a little tear in his thigh, although we're hopeful he'll be back next week.

'It means Radek [Cerny] will play and Robert Burch will be on the bench because Ben Alnwick is also injured at the moment.

'Robbie is also out. He took a kick to his ankle in the first half on Thursday, it's sprained and we'll have to wait and see how long he's out for.

'We have a few knocks and bruises but Mido is back.'

Earlier Martin Jol had said that Tottenham's congested fixture schedule was giving him a selection dilemma ahead of tomorrow's FA Cup quarter-final.

Spurs have won their last five games, but the clash at Stamford Bridge will be their third match in a week and injuries have forced Jol to consistently field players such as Michael Dawson and Pascal Chimbonda without a break.

It is a problem Jol will address next season and in the meantime he will have to rely on his small, young squad.

'We play on Wednesday again and Saturday after that, so it's an awful schedule,' he said.

'Another thing is whether you can play Lennon, at 19, in all the matches. Five matches in 12 days, I don't think so. So we have to come up with a few solutions.'

While Spurs could make it into the last four of the FA Cup, they are also in the UEFA Cup last 16 and looking to qualify for Europe next season through the Premiership.

After travelling to Stamford Bridge - where they have not won since 1990 - they must protect a 3-2 lead against Braga in their European campaign before hosting Watford in the league.

'We want to do well in Europe as well, so it's not only Sunday, it's Wednesday and Saturday as well,' said Jol. 'Next Saturday is probably more important than the other matches because we want to do well in the league.

'If you use all your power and you lose against Watford or Reading then everything is down the drain. It's not an easy situation but hopefully we'll manage.'

Jose Mourinho tipped Jol's men to struggle against Braga but the Dutchman played down the Chelsea manager's comments that Spurs were not a 'great' side.

He added: 'The only thing I've read is that we're not a great team. We are not a great team so he is right - Chelsea is a great team.

'If Chelsea would have played on Thursday like us it would have been different but we've got some players who can come back on tomorrow - that is probably our advantage.'