Almost as soon as we made the case for Emmanuel Adebayor to start this game, the club announced that the Togolese striker hadn’t travelled with the Spurs squad owing to a back injury. Staying behind with Ade, or more correctly with his partner and new baby is Gareth Bale while Moussa Dembele is unlikely to feature.
“Dembele is making a slow return but Southampton is a possibility,” said Villas-Boas.
“Ade felt a pain in his back that he’s had for quite some time. He had it last season and felt it in the first session after the Chelsea game.”
That leaves fewer questions than we might have been facing but it also means that there are fewer opportunities for rotation. Kyle Naughton is fit again and could be involved while Michael Dawson could slot back in at centre half.
There’s a fair amount of guesswork here but this is what we think – what’s your view?