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Teddy Sheringham lines up against the club he holds dearest to his heart for what should be the last time when Tottenham entertain Portsmouth on Saturday.

White Hart Lane may still be reeling from the spectacular second half FA Cup replay collapse against Manchester City in midweek, but there will always be a special welcome reserved for former idol Sheringham.

Pompey triumphed 2-0 in the Boxing Day clash between the two clubs, with Patrik Berger netting twice, but Harry Redknapp's side face a tough assignment in North London.

Spurs hand a debut to exciting new capture from West Ham, Jermain Defoe, with Fredi Kanoute still on African Cup of Nations duty with Mali.

Helder Postiga was withdrawn during the Manchester City debacle with a hamstring strain, forcing David Pleat to field Gustavo Poyet as a makeshift striker, so Defoe's introduction to the starting line-up seems certain.

Gary Doherty, Mauricio Taricco and Darren Anderton are all available again after injury and Spurs are in dire need of a lift following Wednesday's stunning 4-3 reverse.

Pompey have some fresh faces of their own with Tresor Lomano Lua Lua in line for his debut as Redknapp, whose son Jamie made his comeback for Spurs' reserves in midweek, finally has some options in attack.

Yakubu Aiyegbeni is still in the country, despite being recalled to the Nigeria squad, and Ivica Mornar is battling to be fit to also be in contention after suffering a hamstring strain last weekend.

Definitely out are another new boy, John Curtis (groin), and banned trio Dejan Stefanovic, Richard Duffy and Kevin Harper.

Interestingly, no player has ever been sent off in this fixture.