A number of players have been ruled out of this match and Gareth Bale and Michael Dawson are the latest names to join long term victims Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Scott Parker and Younes Kaboul.
“Michael is making good progress, although it’s early days,” said Andre Villas-Boas. “Ideally, he will be in contention for the Swansea game.
“We have to be a little more cautious with Gareth and wait and see, but hopefully he’s not that bad. We might see him available for the Stoke game.”
Signs are that Brad Friedel will start in goal and at the opposite end of the pitch, AVB has to decide whether to partner Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, as opposed to opting for a lone striker.
Some shuffling may have to be done in defence and Kyle Walker may well come back in with Kyle Naughton switching to the left. In the centre, Caulker, Vertonghen and Gallas are the only fit centre halves so who will sit out?
Moving into midfield and the names in contention include Sandro, Carroll, Lennon, Livermore, Dembele, Sigurdsson, Townsend and Dempsey amongst others.
It’s a tough one to call – Spurs need the draw to progress and that should be straightforward but there’s a tough away match at Goodison on Sunday.
Here’s our predicted starting XI but what’s your view?