We’re just over 24 hours from the grand opening of Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium in north London. The test events are in the rear view mirror and it’s full steam ahead for tomorrow’s league match with Crystal Palace. The list of players not available for selection has grown by one from the weekend.
TEAM NEWS:— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) April 2, 2019
@Serge_aurier (hamstring) - continuing rehabilitation.
@ericdier (hip flexor) - continuing rehabilitation.
@ErikLamela (hamstring) - injury sustained day before Liverpool.
@llorentefer19 (concussion) - unavailable for selection.#PL ⚪#COYS pic.twitter.com/4IZlJ29xIg
Aurier, Dier and Lamela were all unavailable for Sunday’s matchup with Liverpool. According to the club, Eric Pamela was a late scratch due to an injury he sustained in training on Saturday. There’s no word on the severity of the injury, but with it affecting his hamstring, it’s a safe bet that he’s out a couple of weeks at minimum.
Fernando Llorente suffered a concussion late in the match against Liverpool which drew blood after clashing heads with Fabinho. The Spaniard will miss Wednesday’s match as a result. Eric Dier and Serge Aurier continue to rehab their injuries, but the good news is that it appears Harry Winks will be ready to go for tomorrow as Mauricio Pochettino confirmed in his press conference today along with going on the defense for the club captain, Hugo Lloris:
#thfc Pochettino says (once again) that Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and confirms he’ll start tomorrow. “Dier? No. Harry Winks is going to be involved, maybe on the bench. He’s in the squad.”— Ben Pearce (@BenPearceSpurs) April 2, 2019
"No doubt Hugo is one of the best and will be in goal tomorrow. It's a situation that is so painful and we deserved more. We have to be strong and back our players. Hugo was so important for us over 5 years and is one of the most important players for the future of the club."— Alasdair Gold (@AlasdairGold) April 2, 2019
As for Crystal Palace, their injury list is very short:
Palace currently sit 13th on the table and will have their full compliment of attackers that include the likes of Wilfred Zaha, Michy Batshuyai, and former Tottenham winger Andros Townsend. Palace aren’t in immediate danger of relegation as they are eight clear of Cardiff City and are trying to make a late push to get into the top half of the table.
Spurs have taken just one point in the last fifteen available. We’re all hoping the opening of the new stadium provides an added boost to a side that played fairly well on Sunday. The club desperately needs a win to stay in the thick of the top four race, especially with the horrific run of matches coming up that includes playing Manchester City three times in eleven days with a match against Huddersfield Town, who will find themselves in the Championship next season as they have just 14 points in the campaign.