Tottenham Hotspur are set to take on KF Shkendjia in the third qualifying round of the Europa League on Thursday night in Macedonia and Jose Mourinho is expected to shake up his side – with six changes expected to be made.
Mourinho has confirmed he will start Harry Kane up front with Spurs yet to bring in a back-up striker for the England captain. New signings Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon will not play, having been left out of the Spurs’ Europa League qualifying squad.
Japhet Tanganga is nearing a return from injury but is expected to miss out. With Spurs having seen their clash against Leyton Orient on Tuesday cancelled, a number of fringe players could feature against the Macedonian outfit.
Joe Hart was expected to make his debut on Tuesday but he could do so here, replacing Hugo Lloris. Matt Doherty has played every single match for Spurs this term, so Serge Aurier could come in to give Doherty a rest – despite being linked with a move.
Toby Alderweireld was rested against his old side Southampton and his experience is crucial, while the midfield is expected to be reshuffled. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has played every match so far, so Moussa Sissoko could come in.
Tanguy Ndombele is not expected to last 90 minutes, but he could start in order to keep up his momentum while Dele Alli is likely to be given a chance ahead of Ndombele. Moussa Sissoko could also play in midfield.
Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura need a rest – so in come Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela. Seven changes then – Hart, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sissoko, Alli, Lamela and Bergwijn come in, out go Lloris, Doherty, Sanchez, Winks, Hojbjerg, Son and Lucas.