Get out that bottle of Pepto Bismol, because team news is out for the North London Derby tomorrow and it might not be what you want to hear. Spurs announced via social media that Dele Alli and Eric Dier are still in the late stages of rehabilitation and are set to miss Saturday’s match against Arsenal. And there’s more — central defender Jan Vertonghen and midfielder Harry Winks are questionable with hip injuries.
TEAM NEWS:— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) March 1, 2019
Both players will be assessed ahead of tomorrow’s match. pic.twitter.com/LXBjCcek32
There was some hope that both Dier and Dele might be ready to return to the pitch for this match, which is both Spurs’ biggest rivalry game and a super important one for their top four hopes. But it looks like both are set to miss out. From the description of that tweet, it seems as though both are close to a full return, and that’s great.
Vertonghen also missed the Chelsea game with a hip injury, and that’s not good, but “questionable” is better than “out” and Spurs have good options in defense. Winksy being questionable is a bit more terror-inducing — without him, Spurs are down to probably playing a midfield of Moussa Sissoko and Christian Eriksen, assuming Victor Wanyama isn’t ready to go 90 minutes against Arsenal.
As for the Gunners, Laurent Koscielny and Stephan Lichsteiner are themselves both questionable for this match, and Arsenal also have Rob Holding, Hector Bellerin, and Danny Welbeck on the long-term injury list.
We’ll get into a predicted lineup a little later. Until then, can someone pass the Rolaids?