Tottenham Hotspur aren't really good at keeping people informed about the fitness of their players, as we have discussed ad nauseam at this site. This is not the NFL where everyone is expected to provide meticulous injury info, which is funny, because gambling is more popular in the UK than it is in the USA. In any event, Spurs had a team news article on Friday. It did not mention any of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Emmanuel Adebayor or Luka Modric.
None of these players were in the 18-man squad against Stevenage. We assumed that, because they were not mentioned in Tottenham's team news report, they were simply being rested. Turns out, none of them were fit to play.
Luka Modric has the flu. He's not even being called likely to play in the derby yet. Emmanuel Adebayor injured his knee in training and is not expected to play against Arsenal. Benoit Assou-Ekotto had a minor groin operation last Monday and is also not expected to play against Arsenal.
"Benoit had a small operation at the start of the week. Adebayor did his knee on Friday morning, he twisted it. We thought he might have opened his ligament up, but it's not too bad and then Luka had an unbelievable temperature. He was really ill."
Thanks for the heads up, Harry.