Sandro’s injury is the only addition to a Spurs list that continues to include central defenders William Gallas and Younes Kaboul. Head coach Andre Villas-Boas shared his thoughts on Sandro’s knee surgery while stating that Sunday’s game was ‘too soon’ for Gallas to feature.
“It might be a bit too soon for William, we’re assessing his return to squad training this week,” said AVB. “Younes is still out, but the rest of the squad is fine.
“Sandro was in outstanding form and will be missed, for sure. At the same time, we’re fortunate that we can trust the likes of Scott Parker, Tom, Jake and Tom Carroll.”
The other notable absentee is Emmanuel Adebayor so does this mean that Clint Dempsey is accommodated in a return to 4-2-3-1?
At the back, will Benoit Assou-Ekotto finally come in at left back or will Kyle Naughton continue to keep his place? Will AVB stick with Dawson and Vertonghen in the centre or will he switch things around again?
Does Dempsey have any challengers in the centre of midfield? Is Scott Parker an automatic choice to replace Sandro?
Here’s our starting XI but what’s your view?