Fears that Jan Vertonghen would miss Saturday’s game at the Stadium of Light have been realised with Andre Villas-Boas confirming that the defender will sit this one out. The Belgian picked up an ankle problem during Wednesday’s win at Fulham and we now return to the ongoing saga of who will cover at Left Back.
Jan joins Christian Eriksen and Emmanuel Adebayor as the only confirmed absentees although it seems unlikely that Danny Rose is fit enough to resume on the left side. That leaves Kyle Naughton and Zeki Fryers as the only real options with the right footed Naughton as our tip to deputise.
As always, there are plenty of alternatives in midfield if AVB wants to make a change from Wednesday’s starting XI. Andros Townsend, Nacer Chadli, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby and Mousa Dembele – if fit – could all come into contention.
The final question is up front where Jermain Defoe came in for Roberto Soldado. Does AVB keep faith in JD or switch back to the Spanish international?
Here’s how we think it will line up but what’s your view?