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Harry refuses to gamble on ace Adebayor

SPURS manager Harry Redknapp says he will not take a "dangerous" risk on the fitness of Emmanuel Adebayor ahead of Sunday's Premier League match at Newcastle United.

The on-loan Manchester City striker has been struggling with a hamstring strain picked up in Spurs' derby win over Arsenal 10 days ago, and is believed to have a 50-50 chance of playing at St James' Park.

Adebayor has impressed since moving to White Hart Lane for the season, scoring three times in four appearances, and Redknapp has a major dilemma over whether to select the former Togo international, with the chance of doing even greater damage a real possibility.

"It's a difficult one to risk him, but we will see how he feels," said Redknapp.

"If he is a doubt, I wouldn't want to risk him. I wouldn't want to lose him long term."

Influential midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is also struggling to be fit after a long-standing hamstring complaint reared its head while he was on international duty with Netherlands.

Redknapp added that Croatia duo Vedran Corluka and Niko Kranjcar had also picked up knocks while on international duty and are also doubts, while Brazilian midfielder Sandro is being monitored after suffering a calf problem. Meanwhile, out-of-favour midfielder David Bentley has been ruled out for up to six months after knee surgery.

The 27-year-old former England international was trying to rebuild his career on loan at West Ham United.

But he suffered an injury last week and has returned to White Hart Lane for treatment.