Injury news is out, and it's good! Tottenham Hotspur gave a team update on Twitter ahead of Monday's trip to Stoke-On-Trent, and just about everyone is healthy again, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.
TEAM NEWS: "Clinton has had a full week's training and is nearly ready to be selected again." - Mauricio pic.twitter.com/6MO27N0DCs— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 15, 2016
Mauricio: "@nabilbentaleb42 is still out but we have big competition for places because nearly everyone else is fit for selection."— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 15, 2016
There are five matches left in the season, and it's a great time to have just about everyone not only healthy, but hungry to snatch a spot in the match day squad. Jan Vertonghen put fears of his injury return to rest with a solid performance last week against Manchester United. Clinton is unlikely to get into the starting lineup but Poche's comments suggest that he could make the bench or even be an impact substitute on Monday. In short, the team is essentially fully healthy, and at just the right time.
Stoke City... well, not so much. PhysioRoom lists injuries to Jack Butland, who broke his ankle for England against Germany and is out for the season, along Marc Wilson, Jonathan Walters, and Glen Johnson. Starting left back Erik Pieters will also not feature via suspension after picking up his 10th yellow card last weekend, and Mark Hughes isn't sure whether backup Marc Muniesa will be healthy in time to play on Monday.
The words "critical match" apply to just about every remaining Tottenham game from here to the end of the season. The Brittania isn't exactly an easy place to play; Spurs are 4-3 at Stoke since their promotion in 2008, and lost 3-0 in this fixture last year. And of course, we all remember what happened against Stoke in August. It's best never to overlook the Potters.