There’s no official team news from the club as yet but it’s been confirmed by Andre Villas-Boas that Aaron Lennon and Nacer Chadli will miss tonight’s Europa League tie after missing training ahead of the match. Aaron has been sidelined for some time and will join longer term victim Etienne Capoue while AVB would probably have liked the opportunity to take a look at Chadli had he been fully fit.
“With Lennon we’re still making steady progress on his foot injury,” said Andre.
“Unfortunately for us it’s taking more time than we expected. It’s not a stress fracture, it’s a stress response on the bone of his foot.
“Chadli was not involved against Norwich and won’t be involved against Tromso because he hasn’t recovered from a slight strain that he has.”
Presumably Brad Friedel will take over from Hugo Lloris in goal while Kyle Naughton and Younes Kaboul will also come back into contention across the back four. Meanwhile, the club still awaits the paperwork in respect of Vlad Chriches’ work permit.
In midfield, Sandro may come back into the starting line up and Erik Lamela could make his first start after AVB sang his praises and suggested that the Argentine will be immense at Spurs.
It would have been a perfect game for Tom Carroll had he not been at QPR right now and while the likes of Jon Obika and Shaq Coulthirst might be hopeful of a start, they are more likely to get a chance against Aston Villa next week.
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