Tottenham Hotspur have another match on Friday, hooray! Only this time it’s an away match at Tranmere Rovers, a team that’s midtable in League 2. That will give Spurs a chance to rest some key players and also maybe give some opportunities to younger players.
Normally, they’d also give opportunities for players that are back from injury, and lord knows Spurs have a good number of those. Tottenham released its pre-match team news on Twitter today, and there’s good news! ...Sort of.
The best of the injury news is that Jan Vertonghen, Mousa Dembele, and Erik Lamela are all back in full training after their respective injuries. However, the club reported that none of the three are available for Tranmere — it’s too soon for Jan and Mousa, and Erik has picked up a virus and is ill.
The other bit in there is that Eric Dier has returned to what the club calls “on field re-conditioning” after his emergency appendectomy a couple of weeks ago, and Victor Wanyama is also undergoing “outdoor rehabilitation.” I assume that means that they’re working outside one-on-one with coaches and trainers, but aren’t quite ready to rejoin the full group.
That’s probably okay. This is Tranmere, and Spurs should have plenty enough talent, even rotated to heck, to take care of business there. I’d imagine that we’ll see starts for players like Juan Foyth, Kyle Walker-Peters, Oliver Skipp, and Fernando Llorente, and we might even see a shop window appearance from Georges-Kevin N’Koudou. It’ll be interesting to see if Mauricio Pochettino mines the youth teams for players as well, though I imagine the likes of Dele Alli, Harry Kane, and Son Heung-Min might be on the bench in case things go south.