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Icelandic international goalkeeper Arni Arason could be in line for his Manchester City debut in the FA Cup clash with Tottenham at The City of Manchester Stadium.

With recent recruit David James cup-tied, Arason is vying for the starting berth along with Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard for the fourth round clash.

Manager Kevin Keegan may be tempted to go for the more experienced Scandinavian in Arason, with Ellegaard yet to convince in his six appearances so far this term.

A boost for Keegan comes in the shape of US international Claudio Reyna.

The former Rangers midfielder has been out of action for the last three weeks with a calf problem but is in contention for a first-team return.

Tottenham will again be without the suspended Gustavo Poyet for the game against City.

The Uruguayan veteran is currently serving a three-match ban following his straight red card in the previous round against Crystal Palace.

Acting boss David Pleat will count his lucky stars new recruit Michael Brown is not cup-tied after his impressive debut in the 2-1 win over Liverpool last weekend and looks set to make himself a permanent fixture in the North London side.

Portuguese striker Helder Postiga, who netted his first Premiership goal in the win over The Reds, looks set to keep his place alongside Robbie Keane and continue to deputise for Frederic Kanoute who is away on African Cup of Nations duty with Mali.

Dean Richards, Jamie Redknapp and Christian Ziege are all making progress, but are not yet fit enough to return.