Spurs were already in the midst of an injury crisis when Brazilian midfielder Sandro limped out of action on the half hour mark of yesterday’s win over West Brom. The news got worse as Sandro’s replacement Jake Livermore left proceedings after a clash of heads with Younes Kaboul.
The situation has left the club with few right sided options in midfield with Scott Parker nursing a knee injury and Tom Huddlestone a long term absentee.
That will leave an interesting selection in prospect for the game with Cheltenham at the weekend but one man who is set to start is Michael Dawson who returned to the bench for the match with Swansea.
Dawson has been out with an Achilles problem but the game against league two opposition is the perfect chance for him to ease his way back into action.
“Michael will play on Saturday,” said manager Harry Redknapp. “It will be his first game back. Hopefully he’ll be fit.
“We were struggling for cover at Swansea. He’d only trained once but he put himself up for the bench, that’s typical of him. He’s a fantastic lad.”
Another player likely to return is Aaron Lennon but with injuries and members of the fringe squad that played in the Europa League now out on loan, it will be an interesting starting XI this weekend.