Tottenham Hotspur team news: Unsurprisingly short for West Brom

Paul Gilham

A total of seven Spurs players are likely to be missing on Boxing Day. Not good!

Team news is out for Tottenham Hotspur's Boxing Day match against West Bromwich Albion, and the team has left off a couple of widely reported injuries in their report. The official team site mentions four injuries, but there are a couple more worth mentioning.

Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen remain sidelined with their respective injuries, as expected, while Paulinho is serving the last game of his suspension. Andros Townsend is out with a hamstring injury and Mousa Dembele will be evaluated on Thursday to see whether or not his ankle injury has healed sufficiently for him to be able to play,. The Express and a few other outlets also say that Harry Kane has a slight back problem and won't feature, while The Mirror are one of many saying Aaron Lennon will miss out.

This leaves Tottenham thin on the wings and in the center of defense, but they should be able to get by without moving Etienne Capoue to the back line, with Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches and Zeki Fryers all available. Wide positions are Tottenham's deepest spot -- especially if Tim Sherwood is open to playing Eriksen as a winger in a City-like 4-2-2-2 formation -- so there aren't any serious concerns there.

The absence of Paulinho and potential absence of Dembele could mean that we see some more of Nabil Bentaleb. Or it could mean that the Holtby-Capoue pair that got a run in a reserve friendly gets a run-out against West Brom. The possibilities are endless, and I remain super unsure about what life under Sherwood is going to look like.

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