Spurs struggling with injuries ahead of new season

Tottenham Hotspur have a number of injury-enforced absences ahead of their Premier League clash with Aston Villa this weekend.

What’s the word?

Spurs will be without Son Heung-min through suspension, while there is also a clutch of first-team players who will be on the treatment table instead of on the pitch.

The club have confirmed that attacking midfielder Dele Alli and left-back Ben Davies are both likely to be out due to hamstring and groin injuries respectively.

The London Evening Standard’s Spurs correspondent, Dan Kilpatrick, has also claimed that summer signing Ryan Sessegnon will be missing, while Juan Foyth, who was suspended for this game anyway, has an ankle problem.

An immediate headache

Mauricio Pochettino has some decisions to make.

He is unlikely to start Giovani Lo Celso after his acquisition from Real Betis, though another new signing, Tanguy Ndombele, is likely to play after enjoying a full pre-season.

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The absence of Alli could open the door to Christian Eriksen operating in the No.10 role despite his continued flirtation with a move away; the latest reports suggest he wants a move to Spain and the Liga window does not close until the end of the month.

Harry Kane, of course, is an inevitable starter but one feels that Pochettino would have liked more options to support him.

Lucas Moura could be the best candidate, potentially in a diamond formation.

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