Spurs may not risk Livermore in Cup tie after horror collision
Jake Livermore is fighting to be fit
for the start of Tottenham's FA Cup campaign after almost biting off his
bottom lip in a collision with team-mate Younes Kaboul.
Livermore needed 18 stitches to mend
a gaping wound after the accident during Tuesday's 1-0 win over West
Bromwich Albion. His teeth sliced through his lip and into the head of
Kaboul, who also needed stitches.
Bloody: Jake Livermore receives treatment
Spurs had a plastic surgeon on standby but surgery was not required and Livermore, 22, is desperate to play against Cheltenham on Saturday with Scott Parker and Sandro out.
But manager Harry Redknapp is reluctant to risk him. Livermore, who has played for five other clubs on loan, signed a contract last month tying him to Spurs until 2016 and has made 21 first-team appearances this season.
And Redknapp has told him the club had no intention of loaning him out now.
'Harry said a few teams had been asking but he wanted me to stay,' said the midfieder. 'I was really happy. I want to be a Tottenham player.'
Everton will travel to White Hart Lane for their league game on Wednesday without defender Phil Jagielka. He is out for up to a month after damaging medial ligaments in his right knee during the 2-1 defeat by Bolton at Goodison Park on Wednesday.