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Younes Kaboul's red card appeal upheld

Did you think Younes Kaboul's red card was soft? So does Tottenham Hotspur.

Mike Hewitt

After briefly facing the very real possibility that they'd have to start Milos Veljkovic, Etienne Capoue or Zeki Fryers at central defense against Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur will be thrilled that the FA agreed that Younes Kaboul's sending off against Chelsea was unwarranted. The club appealed the decision, were successful, and Kaboul will get to play this weekend.

The extent of Michael Dawson's injury is not yet known, but he's unlikely to play against Benfica, and if he's unfit for that match, being fit for Arsenal would certainly be a stretch. There's also no indication that Vlad Chiriches is able to return this week, so Spurs are seriously thin at the back heading into a crucial North London Derby.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a Chelsea fan that doesn't believe that Samuel Eto'o went down pretty easily to draw the card, but it's clear on the replay that Kaboul made some degree of contact with the Chelsea striker. Apparently, the FA agreed with Spurs that the contact he made should not have resulted in a sending off.

With Kaboul available against Arsenal, but Dawson and Chiriches possibly out, Tim Sherwood faces a difficult decision against Benfica. Does he play his best team, or rest Kaboul for Arsenal knowing that he's had fitness issues all season?