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Spurs shot-stopper may miss crucial Manchester City clash...

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp has admitted his first choice gloveman Heurelho Gomes faces a race to be fit for their crunch midweek trip to Manchester City.

Gomes, who has been in fine form this season, suffered a groin strain in the closing stages of their 1-0 victory against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

It means the Citizens might not be the only ones with a goalkeeping crisis on their hands when the two teams clash at Eastlands on Wednesday - a showdown which will go a long way to determining who wins the race for fourth place.

Having suffered a serious injury to their number one Shay Given last week, City moved to bring in Sunderland’s Marton Fulop as a replacement, but Harry Redknapp has dismissed any talk of a loan signing.

Redknapp admits that losing Gomes would be a massive blow for his side as they enter such a crucial game for fourth spot, but has no problem in putting his faith in reserve keeper Ben Alnwick.

"[Heurelho] Gomes' groin is sore. He'll have a scan and see what the damage is. Hopefully he'll be okay," Redknapp told Sky Sports.

"Gomes is looking a fantastic goalkeeper. He has everything and looks like the goalkeeper everyone was talking about before he came here [from PSV Eindhoven].

"If he isn't fit, Ben [Alnwick] would play and Jimmy [Walker] would be on the bench."

Redknapp acknowledges the importance of the game at Eastlands, but has dismissed talk of negative tactics and will travel to Manchester in search of a win.

If his side obtain a draw or better, they will be in pole position for a Champions League berth heading into the final weekend of the season.

"We're right there. We have two big games to come," added Redknapp.

"It's a massive game and we would have taken this at the start of the season.

"[Manchester] City are tough opposition. City's front two are a threat to anyone but we have good strikers too.

"I wouldn't want to go there and be negative. We have attacking midfielders and wingers so we won't change too much.

"It would be nice if we got there [Champions League] but I'm not going to get too excited."

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