Premier League football is back, and in case you've been lulled to sleep by the worst international break ever you should know that Spurs have a pretty big match coming up against Manchester City. Both Spurs and City are a little banged up and affected by the international fixtures, so there's some major questions about what the squads are going to look like tomorrow morning at the Etihad.
Emmanuel Adebayor and Nabil Bentaleb both featured in African Cup of Nations qualifiers the past two weeks and have yet to return to the club. It's unknown at this point whether Adebayor in particular will feature, but who knows.
Hugo Lloris reportedly received a slight thigh injury with France last week and missed both of the international fixtures. Mauricio Pochettino addressed this in a recent interview, saying that Hugo just might be ready to start tomorrow:
Maybe, maybe, maybe, Hugo arrived on Wednesday and but we need to analyze and to test him. We have another day to decide... All players are important, and Hugo, yes, is our keeper that we use more than another. But all players, we need all players to be fit. We need to wait to analyze and then decide.
Not exactly an entirely positive assessment of Hugo's prognosis, but it's better than "definitely out." If Hugo can't start (sob) expect to see Michel Vorm step in since Brad Friedel seems to have transitioned to "emergency keeper" duty.
It's a similar situation with Nacer Chadli, who had a knock in Belgium duty and the Mail is reporting that he could be a game-time decision. Meanwhile, Kyle Walker and Kyle Naughton are both still out, meaning Eric Dier will start at RB.
As for Manchester City, there are conflicting reports as to the availability of Yaya Toure, who may be rested ahead of City's crucial Champions League fixture at CSKA Moscow on Tuesday, and Eliaquim Mangala apparently picked up a thigh injury with France and is a doubt for tomorrow.
So, in other words, nobody really has any idea what kind of a lineup either team will put forward tomorrow or what it means for the match. International football, everyone!