Harry Redknapp boosted by Jermain Defoe’s return to squad

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Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he will be able to call on the services of England international Jermain Defoe for Saturday lunchtime's derby clash at Arsenal.

The ex-Portsmouth striker has been sidelined for just over two months following surgery on damaged ankle ligaments.

Redknapp said:"It's great to have him back. He's a fantastic goalscorer and he's different to anybody else. He certainly would have had six or seven goals by this stage of the season.

"The other lads – whoever's played – have done well. We've been lucky we've got good strikers."

On Croatian midfielder Niko Kranjcar, who is unhappy with his recent lack of first-team opportunities, Redknapp added:"We're not going to gift Niko away, he's a top player in my opinion. Let's see how things go in the next month with him.

"I really wouldn't want to lose him, but I do understand where he's coming from as well. He needs to play, he's a top-class player.

"He's gone away and scored five goals for Croatia in the last three games. Hopefully, he'll get his chance sooner rather than later."

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