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Europa League team news: Bentaleb, Naughton, Walker out

Spurs' young Algerian midfielder picked up a knock and will not play against Asteras on Thursday.

Ian Walton

There's team news ahead of tomorrow's home match against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League. Mauricio Pochettino announced that midfielder Nabil Bentaleb has picked up an injury while on international duty with Algeria and will not play in tomorrow's match at White Hart Lane.

Spurs are blessed with a plethora of central midfielders, but it's anyone's guess who will start tomorrow. I'd guess Benjamin Stambouli will be paired with Mousa Dembele in the pivot, with Paulinho in the #10 role. Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend, Harry Kane, Ben Davies, Michel Vorm, and Vlad Chiriches could also be in the frame. Expect Eric Dier to start at RB because there's really nobody else. Welp.

In addition to Bentaleb, our starting two right backs, Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker, continue to recover from their injuries and will not feature.

Spurs pretty desperately need a win tomorrow to advance out of the Europa League group stage, so let's hope for a good performance out of Tottenham Hotspur B.