Spurs have been faced with injury concerns all week over the England trio of Aaron Lennon, Kyle Walker and Jermain Defoe. All three have been suffering with hamstring problems and as Andre Villas-Boas faced the press, the position was no clearer.
Earlier in the week it had been hoped that Moussa Dembele may just return for the North London derby on Saturday but this was one area where AVB was able to give some definite news – and it wasn’t good.
“Dembele will not be back for this game,” Andre said.” There is a 50 per cent chance he will be ready to play Lazio on Thursday. At the moment surgery is out of the question – hopefully.”
As for the remaining three, AVB wasn’t certain,
“They haven’t trained with the team yet,” he added. “They trained separately on Wednesday in a recovery session away from the team.
“We have to see how they return, see if there is any disturbance. Lennon had a scan on Wednesday and it’s fine on his hamstring. We have to wait and see. They have had quite enough time to rest and recover.”
It all suggests that Walker, Lennon and Defoe will all be available but for those who believe Dembele’s absence is being keenly felt, the news will be a major blow.