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Tottenham Hotspur Team News: Tom Huddlestone Doubtful For Chelsea Clash

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Tom Huddlestone looks set to miss out on Tottenham Hotspur's English Premier League match this weekend with Chelsea. The English midfielder only recently returned from an ankles injury that had kept him out for nearly 5 months. However, Huddlestone was forced to see a specialist this week when bruising showed up and as a result will not be traveling to Stamford Bridge.

Joining him on the sideline will be Benoit Assou-Ekotto who injured his hamstring in last week's draw with West Bromwich Albion. Tottenham have limited cover at left back, so manager Harry Redknapp will be forced to chose between either Sebastien Bassong or Gareth Bale to deputize for Assou-Ekoto.

Wilson Palacios is getting closer to a return, but still remains out following knee surgery. He and is joined on the long-term injury list by Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate, and Alan Hutton.

Without Huddleston and Assou-Ekotto look for Spurs to play a 4-4-2 formation utilizing Bale at left back, Aaron Lennon at left midfield, Luka Modric and Sandro in the center of the park and Rafael Van der Vaart on the opposite flank. Spurs need to play for all 3 points so a strike force of Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko is probably most likely.