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Foyth and Sanchez return to training ahead of North London Derby

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The injury list gets a little shorter

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Tottenham Hotspur’s sixth match of December will be their second North London Derby in 17 days. Spurs are hoping for a bit better result than the 4-2 defeat they suffered in EPL play. A victory would also mean moving on to the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup. Spurs updated the media today with team news that includes some good news, and not-so-good news. Here’s the good news: Juan Foyth and Davinson Sanchez are back in training after being out with injury.

The bad news? Vertonghen and Wanyama are out, with the former slated for a January return and the latter with an unknown time table. Even worse is Mousa Dembele and Serge Aurier are still out, but at least they’re on the field doing rehab. Eric Dier is recovering from an appendectomy and should be back after New Year’s.

Injuries have not been kind to Spurs this season. Needless to say, it’s been a pain trying to keep up with all of the knocks, sprains, tears and bruises that this team has suffered through so far and there’s still a long road ahead. Pochettino also stated that Paulo Gazzaniga is expected to start tomorrow’s quarterfinal match against Arsenal. This isn’t too outlandish, given that Gazzaniga has had some positive starts for Spurs since joining the club. It also tells us that with the healthy bodies remaining, Pochettino may do whatever rotation he can for Wednesday. Given that Spurs are down to one healthy centerback and a makeshift one in the forms of Toby Alderweireld and Ben Davies, you can almost assuredly pencil them in at CB tomorrow. Everything else? We’ll have to wait and see.