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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Everton: Spurs playmaker to miss match with knee injury

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Heal up quick, Christian. We need you.

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Team news is out, and unfortunately this time no news hasn't been good news. Tottenham tweeted today that starting attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen will not feature for Spurs as they prepare to host Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

The Andros Townsend bit is good news, however it appears that Mauricio Pochettino is hedging his bets a bit as to whether or not Townsend will be in the frame for a spot in the 18.

What does this mean for Spurs' starting lineup on Saturday? We don't know. Erik Lamela could get the start at the #10 again, though he was largely ineffective in the role last weekend at Leicester City. We could possibly see Nacer Chadli slot into the hole and someone like Andros Townsend or Clinton N'Jie slip into the left attacking midfield position. Or Pochettino could opt to go full YOLO and start someone like Tom Carroll or Alex Pritchard somewhere in that attacking band behind Harry Kane.

With no other injuries of note, it's likely that we'll again see the midfield pivot of Eric Dier and Ryan Mason, and perhaps Danny Rose will make his first start of the season at left back over Ben Davies.

As for Everton, the Toffees are coming off of a mid-week Capital One Cup scare against League 1 Barnsley, a match which they eventually won 5-3. Many Everton first-team players got significant minutes, and it remains to be seen whether the additional match will have any impact on their fitness against Spurs this weekend.

According to Everton's website, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Tony Hibbert, and Steven Pienaar are all out with injuries and will not feature.