clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Tottenham Hotspur vs. Arsenal team news: three Spurs midfielders out for North London Derby

The good news is Spurs' injured midfielders are on the road to recovery. The bad news is they won't be back in time to play the Scum.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Cometh the man, cometh the Winks?
Cometh the man, cometh the Winks?
Jan Kruger/Getty Images

Team news emerged today for Tottenham Hotspur's Capital One Cup clash with Arsenal tomorrow, and despite hopeful early murmurings, Spurs are still without three crucial central midfielders for the North London Derby.

It's not a complete surprise, but I think many fans were hoping that Ryan Mason in particular would be back in the frame for starting the Arsenal match. Mason is still rehabbing a knee injury picked up after his winning goal against Sunderland, while Nabil Bentaleb and Mousa Dembele are both recovering from what are listed as "foot/ankle injuries."

All this leads up to yet another selection dilemma for Mauricio Pochettino. With a big league match against Manchester City looming on Saturday, one would think that there would be at least some rotation for a third round Mickey Mouse cup game, but it is Arsenal. Does Poche really trust Tom Carroll and Harry Winks to anchor the midfield against the Scum, for example, or will we see Eric Dier continue to play every match? Will Harry Kane be rested? What about the likes of Hugo Lloris, Toby Alderweireld, and Son Heung-Min? Poche has some decisions to make.