Tottenham Hotspur play three matches in eight days, and that’s a lot, but the good news is the first one is Saturday at home to League 2 side Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup. That will give Mauricio Pochettino a chance to rest some of his key players ahead of Tuesday’s trip to the Stadium of Light to face Sunderland.
And it sounds like that rest is needed. Poch gave an injury update ahead of Saturday’s tie and indicated that three regular Tottenham starters will not be in the squad against the Chairboys.
So, before anyone panics, this is probably nothing to worry about. Precisely zero people expected Toby Alderweireld to play against Wycombe considering the quality of the opposition and the fact that Toby limped off the pitch last weekend with what was described as a hamstring tweak. My only regret is that I won’t be able to see Toby go up against 34 year old 5’11” 225 lb Wycombe striker Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Danny Rose and Harry Kane presumably picked up slight knocks while training in Barcelona (I blame Messi), but again, we wouldn’t expect them to play Saturday anyway, so I’m choosing not to be concerned. Although, it is curious that Poch apparently went out of his way to say that both Rose and Kane were injured, and not just “I’m resting them.” But, again. This is me, choosing not to worry. Not worried, nope, not me, la la la la la la I can’t heeeeeeeeaaaaaaaar yooooooouuuuuuuu
Poch also gave a quick update on Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela:
Also good news, and I also won’t believe that either are back until I see them on the pitch and am convinced that it’s actually them and not some life model decoy.