Winger Niko Kranjcar still has a future at Tottenham, manager Harry Redknapp has insisted.
The Croatia international has not started for Spurs this season and his White Hart Lane future has been the subject of speculation since the arrival of Rafael van der Vaart on transfer deadline day.
The speculation intensified in midweek when Redknapp made a raft of changes for the Carling Cup defeat against Arsenal and opted for both Giovani dos Santos and David Bentley ahead of Kranjcar.
But Redknapp insists the former Portsmouth man is still very much part of his plans.
He told the Daily Star: “I’ve got a lot of games coming up and Niko is very much in my plans to play.
“David Bentley needed a game against Arsenal (in the Carling Cup), but Niko played two internationals for Croatia in the last break.
“It wasn’t like he was desperate to get a game this week. I felt I was OK.
“Giovani (dos Santos) and David needed to play and that is why I went with them.”