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The Waiting Game

Midfielder Glenn Whelan

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15:59 10th May 2013

City boss to assess several players prior to kick-off

TONY PULIS will check on the fitness of Glenn Whelan and Andy Wilkinson before finalising his plans for Sunday’s Premier League date with Tottenham at the Britannia Stadium.

The pair sat out Monday’s 1-1 draw at Sunderland through injury and although they have resumed training, Pulis is unsure what role – if any – they will play against Spurs.

Whelan has been nursing a groin problem, while Wilkinson has suffered a recurrence of a back injury that has troubled him in the past.

Asked whether the pair would figure against Spurs, Pulis replied: “We’ll see – those two have been out for a couple of weeks anyway, so whether they are ready to go straight back into the team I’m not sure.

“Glenn has done a little bit this morning, not a great deal, and Andy has joined in but again, he hasn’t done a great deal. We’ll look and assess it tomorrow.”

Marc Wilson will be involved, despite being substituted at half-time against Sunderland. He returned to the starting line-up in that game after a spell on the sidelines but was replaced by Geoff Cameron after feeling stiffness in the muscle.

That was only a precautionary measure and Pulis has confirmed that he will be in his plans for the visit of Spurs, who hope to have midfielder Mousa Dembele available to face the Potters.

The Belgian international sat out their 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Wednesday with an injury picked up against Southampton a few days earlier.

But manager Andre Villas-Boas is convinced the former Fulham man will get the green light to play. 

"Moussa will train tomorrow with the team and we expect him to come back fully fit and be ready for selection,” he said.

Tottenham will still be without William Gallas, Younes Kaboul and Sandro.

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