Tottenham Hotspur first team.

It is doubtful whether Jermain Defoe, Moussa Dembele, Kyle Walker and Aaron Lennon will be fit enough to play in the Premier League clash at Arsenal this weekend.

Moussa Dembele will definitely not be able to play a part in the match, with Villas-Boas confirming the midfielder has not recovered sufficiently from an injury to his hip. He has carried a knock since October, but aggravated the issue when playing for Belgium.

It is expected that Tom Huddlestone will replace the Belgian and team up in the centre of midfield with Sandro.

“Dembele will not be back for this game. There is a 50 per cent chance he will be ready to play Lazio on Thursday. At the moment surgery is out of the question – hopefully,” Villas-Boas said.

Walker, Defoe and Lennon all face late fitness tests after having to withdraw from last night’s international friendly between England and Sweden as they are all suffering from hamstring strains.

However, the Tottenham boss is hopeful they will be sufficiently fit for Saturday.

“They haven’t trained with the team yet. They trained separately on Wednesday in a recovery session away from the team,” he added.

“We have to see how they return; see if there is any disturbance. Lennon had a scan on Wednesday and it’s fine on his hamstring. We have to wait and see. They have had quite enough time to rest and recover.”

Tottenham are also still trying to cope with existing long-term problems with Younes Kaboul, Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Scott Parker.

What do you think?

Sign in with Facebook and be
entered for a chance to
WIN THE NEW ENGLAND KIT

Terms and Conditions

Why?

  • Sign up in 2 seconds
  • Use your FB profile image
  • No need to remember a password
  • See which of your friends would like this

Note: We don't post to your wall

Login

Comment without logging in

You will need to fill this out each time to comment so why not quickly login with Facebook!

*

What do you think?

Sign in with Facebook and be
entered for a chance to
WIN THE NEW ENGLAND KIT

Terms and Conditions

Why login with Facebook?

  • Sign up in 2 seconds
  • Use your FB profile image
  • No need to remember a password
  • See which of your friends would like this

Note: We don't post to your wall


  • DAVSPURS
    1 year ago

    Our season has started to unravel wit Avb using the most players so far in the premiership. Last season Liverpool used to many players and finished 8th . I don’t want us to finish 8th but if we did we have the kids to get us back in a few years and Bale could pay part of our new stadium or use some to buy Zaha, All this will happen if Avb don’t install Lloris and play Defoe and ADY upfront

    Reply
  • chris from Cambridge
    1 year ago

    And you reckon YOUR season is unravelling (!!)

    Reply
  • steve
    1 year ago

    so its doubtful but he expects them to play wot a load of bollox

    Reply

Related Articles:

West Ham striker set to stay
SIX signings to follow Julian Draxler to Arsenal
Wenger is set to rest his stars for FA Cup clash with Liverpool
Does he actually have a point about Tottenham?
Man United join Arsenal in race for Real Madrid star