The fixtures are coming thick and fast for Tottenham Hotspur in this holiday period. Spurs have faced three matches in the past 13 days with another match against Swansea tomorrow. A match against West Brom follows, then a Colchester FA Cup tie. Tottenham has been able to get by with a relatively undamaged squad, so what's the fitness around Spurs Lodge.
The worst news comes in that Aaron Lennon (Hamstring) and Ledley King (Knee) have been ruled out for the Swansea match. Michael Dawson remains out as he recovers from his long-term Achilles injury, but the defender has returned to training. Tom Huddlestone remains out with his severe ankle problems.
There are other players doubtful to feature against the Swans, as Roman Pavluychenko (Ankle), Jermain Defoe (Hamstring), and Sebastien Bassong (Back) battle injury.
Curious how the squad will look against Swansea? Possible squad rotations after the jump:
The first standout candidate for rotation is Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who was substituted off in the 72nd minute against Norwich City. Ekotto, who has started every league match this year, tweet himself: "Day off so today RECOVERY!!! i was so tired yesterday...is y i ask to b out." In his stead, it would seem most likely that Danny Rose gets a shot at his first league start at left back. Rose was excellent at the end of last season as he filled in at left back, and would be in for a good challenge opposing Swansea's Wayne Routledge.
In defense Vedran Corluka also seems a player who could earn a start. It wouldn't be hard to imagine him filling in for a worn-out Kyle Walker, or perhaps filling in at center back.
The central midfield looks a candidate for some refreshing, with Scott Parker perhaps the most likely to be relegated to the bench. With Sandro still in the line-up, it would seem easy for Redknapp to shift his two remaining central midfielders into Spurs' previous 4-4-1-1. Doing so would provide an opportunity for a wide midfielder to come into the side, with Niko Kranjcar and Steven Pienaar looking the most likely to earn the start.
Lastly, the stamina of Rafael van der Vaart remains to be seen. With Defoe and Pavluychenko injury doubts it seems likely that VdV will be in the starting line-up. Still, look for Kranjcar to perhaps be an early substitute for the Dutch International.