Modric starts for Spurs in London derby

Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric made his first start since August in the Barclays Premier League clash against West Ham at White Hart Lane.

The Croatia international suffered a fractured fibula in the victory over Birmingham at the start of the season and had made two substitute appearances since.

Centre-back Ledley King also returned, following hamstring trouble, and took the captain’s armband as Robbie Keane was on the bench and replaced by former Hammers striker Jermain Defoe.

Sebastien Bassong, Jermaine Jenas and Niko Kranjcar dropped to the bench after the Boxing Day draw against Fulham, while Tom Huddlestone was drafted in.

Hammers midfielder Mark Noble had a hamstring injury so Valon Behrami came in for his first start in over a month following a knee complaint.

Tottenham: Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Huddlestone, Modric, Crouch, Defoe.

Subs: Alnwick, Hutton, Bale, Jenas, Keane, Bassong, Kranjcar.

West Ham: Green, Faubert, Tomkins, Upson, Ilunga, Collison, Behrami, Kovac, Parker, Diamanti, Franco.

Subs: Stech, Jimenez, Spector, Da Costa, Nouble, Payne, Stanislas.

Referee: Chris Foy (Merseyside)

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