There was mixed news from Andre Villas-Boas ahead of this crucial match and while Sandro is going to miss the game, it sounds as though Jake Livermore may well step in to take his place.
“Jake returned to training today after the knock he picked up in the Norwich game,” said AVB yesterday.
“He is still showing some discomfort, but we’ve included him in the squad selection and we’ll decide tomorrow.”
It’s thought that Sandro should be fit for Sunday’s game with Manchester City but for now, the Brazilian joins Moussa Dembele on the sidelines.
Elsewhere, it’s the Europa League and that could lead to a lot of changes across the park. Hugo Lloris is expected to take over in goal while Michael Dawson may well partner Steven Caulker in central defence.
Emmanuel Adebayor is widely expected to start but could AVB use this game as a chance to experiment with a new, more attacking formation? – Probably not… Here’s our predicted starting XI but what’s your view?