Villas-Boas could recall Friedel against Chelsea

The American goalkeeper looked to have lost his status as Spurs' first-choice shot-stopper to Hugo Lloris, but could regain his place when the Blues visit White Hart Lane
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has hinted at the possibility of goalkeeper Brad Friedel regaining his first-team place against Chelsea this weekend.

The American shot-stopper saw his record run of 310 consecutive Premier League appearances ended as summer signing Hugo Lloris was chosen to start against Aston Villa earlier this month.

However, Villas-Boas has suggested the 41-year-old could be handed a return to action when the Blues visit White Hart Lane on Saturday.

He told ESPN: "They compete for a position. In the end, we have made Brad the No.1 for the beginning of the season and we still see Brad as No.1, a player who has been tremendous in goal for us. We respect that.

"Hugo has been tremendous for us in exactly the same manner. It is obviously a decision I have to take, which I will take [on Friday] and in the future.

"Certainly, Brad has been tremendous, we respect that, he is looking in form, as Hugo is. He has done brilliantly this week for France [in the 1-1 draw away to Spain]. So competition will continue between the two. The decision will be left before the game."

The Portuguese manager went on to admit that Friedel was bitterly disappointed to see his eight-year run of games ended.

He added: "We spoke about it before. In the end, it was difficult for him, not because of the consecutive run - he was looking good. It was not on performance that we made the switch, that's for sure.

"We had the opportunity to give Hugo a consecutive run of four games - including the two national team games like it happened.

"We are extremely happy about the fact we did. It gave him the first impact of Premier League football. But, as a great professional, he has to move on from that."