Team news is in for tonight’s Capital One Cup Tie with Aston Villas and the game sees defender Vlad Chiriches make his debut as a Spurs player after his work permit finally came through at the end of last week.

As expected, there are plenty of changes from the team that began Sunday’s Premiership clash with Cardiff but there were fewer calls up for academy players than some had expected.

The full starting XI reads

Friedel, Walker, Chiriches, Vertonghen, Fryers, Sandro, Paulinho, Lamela, Holtby, Kane, Defoe.

So Jermain has shaken off his groin problem and lines up with Harry Kane while Lewis Holtby gets another chance to impress after a strong contribution from the bench on Sunday.

Tonight’s subs are

Gomes, Dawson, Naughton, Chadli, Dembele, Townsend, Soldado

Overall there’s plenty of experience in all 17 names so maybe AVB isn’t prepared to sacrifice this competition just yet.




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