Tottenham team news: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Southampton
Tottenham face Southampton this weekend in a match that will
pit Mauricio Pochettino against his former employers.
Appointed in 2013, Pochettino led Southampton to an
eighth-placed finish in his first full season prior to his
appointment at White Hart Lane.
The Saints are currently 10th in the Premier League table,
while Spurs are second, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Spurs will certainly be without striker Harry Kane against
Southampton after it was confirmed he damaged his ankle
ligaments during the 6-0 thrashing of Millwall in the FA Cup.
Reports have suggested that Spurs are hopeful that Kane will
return within seven weeks, meaning that he could face Chelsea
in the semi-final of that competition.
Danny Rose, meanwhile, is yet to recover from a knee ligament
injury, meaning Ben Davies will likely continue to deputise at
left back. Erik Lamela, too, remains on the sidelines with a
hip injury, and is certain to miss out.
Spurs have no players suspended for the encounter with the
POTENTIAL TOTTENHAM LINE-UP
Spurs are set to play in their usual 3-4-3 formation, but it
remains to be seen if Vincent Janssen or Son Heung-Min will be
trusted to deputise for Kane up front.
Janssen has endured a difficult season at Spurs but he scored
his first goal from open play against Millwall at the weekend,
and may be selected in the hope that the strike will spark a
Son, meanwhile, has scored seven Premier League goals thus far
this season compared to Janssen’s one, and is the more dynamic
presence through the middle.
Elsewhere, Davies – fresh from signing a new contract at the
club – will continue on the left, while Dele Alli will
hope to continue his fine form off the lone striker.
SOUTHAMPTON TEAM NEWS
The Saints have a number of long-term injury absentees as they
prepare for the encounter with Tottenham.
Virgil van Dijk faces another month on the sidelines after
suffering an ankle injury, while Charlie Austin also remains
injured following a shoulder problem.
Goalkeeper Alex McCarthy continues to struggle with a hamstring
injury, while Matthew Targett and Jeremy Pied continue to work
towards a full recovery.
Southampton beat Watford 4-3 last time out, and will hope to
build on that against Spurs.
BEST OPTA MATCH FACTS
Mauricio Pochettino has lost just one of his five Premier
League games against his former team Southampton (W3 D1
L1), although it came in the last meeting at White Hart
Lane in May 2016.
Spurs have played 12 games this season in all competitions
without Harry Kane – nine of which have come against
top-flight opposition. In those nine games, they have
scored just eight goals and have won just three (W3 D4 L2).
Manolo Gabbiadini has found the back of the net in each of
his last seven competitive appearances, including all four
games for Southampton and in the three prior to his move
for Italian side Napoli (nine goals in total).
TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME
The game is due to kick off at 14:15 GMT on Sunday, and
will be televised in the UK on Sky Sports 1.