Tomorrow’s Capital One Cup tie with Norwich could have given Andre Villas-Boas the perfect opportunity to rotate some of the squad but injuries may hamper his plans once again.
Jermain Defoe is one of the players who may well be in need of a rest but logical replacement Emmanuel Adebayor is now struggling with illness while Moussa Dembele’s persistent hip problem also threatens an early return to the starting line up.
“Mousa Dembele is injured. Adebayor came in sick today and we need to see how he is tomorrow,” said assistant manager Steffen Freund.
“I can’t say at the moment which team will travel but it will be a strong one.”
Injuries happen all the time but the issue with rotating the striker may be the biggest problem – not just for the Norwich game but for the league matches coming up. Some are arguing that JD looks jaded and without Ade standing by, what other options do the club have?