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Jordan talks down title hopes

Tottenham Hotspur welcome back Ledley King and Gareth Bale as they host Wigan Athletic tonight, hoping to resume their challenge at the top of the Premier League.

Neither King nor Bale played in Friday's underwhelming FA Cup fourth-round win at Watford, but will return for Premier League duty tonight.

Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe, both of whom did feature at Vicarage Road, will undergo fitness tests today on hamstring injuries.

Although Sandro has returned to training, the coaching staff are wary of bringing him back too quickly, in case he strains his calf again.

In their last league match, Spurs were inches away from beating Manchester City, which would have moved them within two points of the league leaders. They lost, though, and are now eight points back.

Assistant manager Joe Jordan conceded yesterday that defeat had damaged Spurs' chances.

"I think if we had won at City we would have been in (the title race)," he said. "From that result for us to win the title will be a lot more difficult.

"But there is quite a number of games to come up between ourselves and clubs who will have a bearing on the top four and that applies to City as well so anything can happen."

Jordan, a former United player, said: "Tottenham and City won their last championship in the 1960s so it goes without saying it's harder (for either of those sides) to win it.

"United and Chelsea in recent years have proved they know how to do it.

"United, who have come in for a bit of criticism, are where they are not just because they have quality players, they have the knowledge of how to maintain the consistency." (© Independent News Service)

Irish Independent