There has been some better news with regards to injuries this week but AVB’s words suggest that Spurs won’t be risking Moussa Dembele ahead of tonight’s crucial Europa League tie.
We’re still building Mousa’s fitness up to match level,” Andre said.
“We decided to bring him on this trip because it gave us the chance to include him in the training session, his first for quite some time with his team-mates.”
One man who may be risked is Steven Caulker while another defensive option would be to play Dawson and Vertonghen in the centre with Naughton on the left.
Up front, will the coach play 4-4-2 or will he revert to a more defensive formation? Adebayor has travelled and as he won’t be involved at the weekend, he will surely play in Rome.
That leaves the midfield and while Bale and Lennon seem likely on the flanks, the final two places will be between Sandro, Sigurdsson, Dempsey, Livermore, Carroll and possibly more.
Here’s our starting XI but what’s yours?