After a difficult trip across town to Stamford Bridge, Tottenham Hotspur return to the cozy confines of White Hart Lane for a match against Crystal Palace on Saturday. Spurs' recent injury woes in the right back position have not gone away, and may have even been compounded.
Mauricio Pochettino announced on Spurs' official site that both Kyle Naughton and Vlad Chiriches are facing late fitness tests to see if they are ready to start against the Eagles.
Emmanuel Adebayor will not feature again tomorrow, as he is apparently ill with a virus, according to quotes compiled by Ben Pearce:
"After the international break he came back with a problem with a hamstring and his back, and then he got a virus and today he's not ready to play."
"I spoke with him today in the training session and he still feels weak. Maybe for the next few weeks or the next few games he's ready to help the team.
"I have a very good relationship with him. I was a player, I understand my players and it's normal that after the international break he had a problem with his back and hamstring, and it's not easy to feel the same way as before. Then he got a virus and it's always difficult to have that and feel ready to play."
Meanwhile, Kyle Walker, despite going 67 minutes last week with Spurs' U21 squad, is also not expected to play. Pochettino also expounded more on Walker's situation and his road to recovery:
"Tomorrow [Walker] will play with the Under-21s again. He needs to be consistent in every training session and start to compete.
"He played well against Manchester City's Under-21s but it's not the same as a training session and then playing.
"He needs to compete and tomorrow is another opportunity to do that - maybe he'll play more minutes than he played against Manchester City. He's going the right way and maybe in the next few weeks he'll be ready to start to come back with the group."
As for Palace, Joe Ledley and Dwight Gayle both face late fitness tests. Adrian Mariappa and Andrew Johnson are both out with injuries.
How to Watch:
Tottenham Hotspur v. Crystal Palace – 3:00 p.m. UK (10:00 a.m. USA)
The match will be carried in the States on NBC Sports Network [Editor's note: it's on Extra Time, not the main channel] and online on NBC Sports Live Extra. My sources don't show any television information in the United Kingdom which continues to baffle and confuse me, but I'm guessing it's not on TV. BBC Radio, England peeps. It's on TSN1 in Canada, Fox Sports 5 ("The Cinco!") in Australia.