Jose Mourinho will have to reshuffle his pack once again as he looks to keep his Tottenham Hotspur players fresh during an incredibly busy fixture schedule – ahead of Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash against Chelsea.
Spurs have already clocked up five league and cup fixtures this season – including away trips to Macedonia and Bulgaria. They should have played six times, only for the previous round of the Carabao Cup against Leyton Orient to be cancelled.
Following a 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Sunday, Mourinho now must prepare his side to face Chelsea on Tuesday – and then they take on Israeli side Maccabi Heifa in the Europa League play-off round on Thursday.
A trip to Manchester United on Sunday is next, which sees Mourinho face two of his former sides in the space of five days. Son Heung-min picked up a hamstring injury, and is expected to join Gareth Bale and Japhet Tanganga on the sidelines.
The Telegraph claims Dele Alli is set to miss out once again, as doubts remain over the England star’s future – even though Mourinho is expected to make changes and priorities the Europa League over the Carabao Cup.
Despite Alli’s absence, Spurs could still make eight changes to their side. Joe Hart could come in for Hugo Lloris, while Sergio Reguilon could make his debut in place of Ben Davies. Tanguy Ndombele could continue his good form in midfield.
Harry Kane may have to start up front, while Gio Lo Celso may be kept in the side to push Spurs into the next round. Moussa Sissoko may be thrown into to start, after missing Sunday’s draw due to illness.
Eight changes could potentially take place, then. In come Hart, Serge Aurier, Toby Alderweireld, Reguilon, Ndombele, Sissoko, Erik Lamela and Steven Bergwijn, in place of Lloris, Matt Doherty, Davinson Sanchez, Davies, Harry Winks, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Son and Lucas Moura.