International commitments could make it very hard for Erik Lamela to start for Spurs against Stoke, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with a selection issue.
Lamela has started the season in bright form, already having both scored and assisted goals in the opening three games. Now he looks set to start for Argentina in their match against Venezuela, which kicks off at 1am on Wednesday morning.
The 24-year old then faces a ten-hour flight home on Thursday, giving him little rest before Saturday’s trip to Stoke.
If Pochettino decides that Lamela is too tired to start against Stoke, allowing him to rest before the midweek Champions League match against Monaco, both Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son are in the frame to replace him.
New signing Sissoko could start wide on the right as a direct replacement for Lamela, having impressed in that position with France at Euro 2016. The other option is to give Son his first start of the season, with the South Korean already very fit after playing a number of international games during August.
That could allow Sissoko to move into central midfield alongside either Eric Dier or Victor Wanyama. Whatever Pochettino decides, one thing is clear. Tottenham’s squad now looks a lot healthier and more full of possibilities than it did just a few days ago.