Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas had already been very vocal about the scheduling of the Capital One Cup, even going as far as to say that the fixture list had left the club with no chance of progressing. The squad has many new faces but with injuries and a number of loan deals agreed, many of those who featured in Sunday’s win over Cardiff are likely to have to take to the field at Villa Park tonight.
“It is not our absolute number one priority but I don’t think we have been given a fair chance to play in this competition this year,” AVB said.
“It could be possible for the players who played against Cardiff to play this game, but I am not sure I want to risk the players who played getting a hamstring injury which could take them six weeks to recover from when the Premier League is more important.”
Injuries to Rose, Defoe, Lennon, Chadli and Capoue have forced Andre’s hand with selection and it’s certain that the likes of Tom Carroll, Adam Smith and maybe even Ryan Mason and Alex Pritchard would have featured had they not been out on loan.
By the time the FA Cup comes around, Spurs may well have been eliminated from tonight’s competition but the Europa League looks set to continue. Can the club really be expected to fight on all those fronts?