Kyle Walker was visibly limping at several points during Tottenham Hotspur's match against Burnley at Turf Moor last weekend, and now it appears he might not be fit for this weekend's White Hart Lane return for Tim Sherwood and Aston Villa.
Walker is awaiting scans on his foot, which he injured during the 0-0 draw against the Clarets, and according to Tom Collomosse at the Standard, it's very possible he may not be fit in time to take on Villa. This puts Spurs in a unique situation: against Burnley, Spurs slapped together a very hodgepodge back line that included Eric Dier and Vlad Chiriches in central defense. If Walker is indeed not ready to go, head coach Mauricio Pochettino may have some difficult decisions to make.
Jan Vertonghen sat out the Burnley match with an illness, and Federico Fazio is apparently recovering from a knock picked up in training. Younes Kaboul is clearly out of favor and it's difficult to imagine that we'll see him in central defense at all the rest of the season. So if Jan and Fazio are not yet ready to return to action...
... OH MAH GAWD, IS THAT DEANDRE YEDLIN'S MUSIC?
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Let's not get too excited quite yet. Yes, Yedlin did play for Ugo Ehiogo's U21 squad against Chelsea on Monday, and Ehiogu recently praised Yedlin's defense, but he's been limited by injury since his arrival and it's clear the club is going to bring him on very slowly. Meanwhile, it's quite possible that Vertonghen would return to fitness by the weekend, which would shift Vlad out to right back, and Pochettino seems reluctant to throw new players into the fire even at this stage of the season when there's still a chance that Spurs could qualify for the Europa League.
We all would like to see what Yedlin can do in the Tottenham Hotspur first team, and there's a remote chance we might see Yedlin make the bench on Saturday, but the stars would have to align just right in order for him to make the field. In the mean time, brace yourself for more Vladtastic runs on the right this Saturday.