x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Party leaves Redknapp furious

Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is set to punish players involved in a Christmas party organised behind his back.

Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric has picked up an ankle injury and will not feature in the clash against Blackburn. Winger David Bentley has a calf strain and is doubtful for the trip back to his former club. Ledley King is back in training but will not play, nor will fellow centre-back Jonathan Woodgate, Meanwhile, manager Harry Redknapp is set to punish players involved in a Christmas party organised behind his back. Redknapp was furious to learn about reports of 16 of his squad travelling to Dublin days before he insisted they would not be allowed to celebrate excessively during the festive period. "I'm not happy, I'd be lying if I said I was happy. I didn't know anything about the trip at all if I'm perfectly truthful but it's done now and will be dealt with on Monday morning." After losing 2-1 to Birmingham on Tuesday the Blackburn boss Sam Allardyce wants his team to put that setback right against Tottenham. We've got a big game on our hands for two reasons," said the Rovers boss. "One is to overcome the disappointment of not just the result, but the performance at Birmingham, and two is Tottenham are in great form. So it is a massive game, it is right up there." Blackburn v Tottenham, KO 7pm, Show Comedy Extra