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Tottenham face injury crisis before crunch West Ham game

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CHIGWELL, England, May 5 (Reuters) Tottenham Hotspur could be without six first team players when they attempt to secure fourth place in the Premier League at West Ham United on Sunday.

Michael Carrick and Robbie Keane are struggling with ankle injuries and Mido still has a knee problem while Paul Stalteri has joined Jermaine Jenas and Ledley King on the sidelines.

A Tottenham win guarantees fourth spot and a place in the Champions League qualifying rounds unless fifth-placed arch-rivals Arsenal win the Champions League final on May 17.

Asked if midfielder Carrick would be fit, Jol told reporters: ''We're hopeful. He didn't train today or this week but hopefully he can train tomorrow and will have a late test.'' Ireland striker Robbie Keane has ''maybe only a small chance'' of playing after limping off with a twisted ankle in last week's home win over Bolton Wanderers.

Egypt forward Mido has still not recovered from a knee injury.

''Mido hasn't trained now for three weeks but we will try to do something tomorrow and have another late test,'' said Jol.

Canada right back Stalteri is also out with a knee problem while Carrick's fellow England squad members Jenas and King are unavailable with a shin injury and broken foot respectively.

The only good news is the return of Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids after suspension following his sending-off at Arsenal.

Spurs are just a point above Arsenal with one game left.

Arsene Wenger's team host Wigan Athletic in their final game at Highbury on Sunday.

Reuters PG RN2036

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