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TEAM NEWS: Spurs’ Reguilon out for West Ham but could return next week

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Lo Celso? “Weeks away.”

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After a pretty comprehensive 4-1 thumping of Wolfsberger in the Europa League, Tottenham Hotspur is now turning its sights back towards the Premier League. Spurs are set to bop across town to the London Stadium to face derby opponents West Ham this Sunday, and while there’s no immediate update on Tottenham’s injury situation, there’s good news for Sergio Reguilon.

According to the Evening Standard’s Dan Kilpatrick, the Tottenham left back is expected to be available to return to the matchday squad either in time for Wednesday’s return leg against Wolfsberg, or for next weekend’s clash against Burnley.

That would be excellent news for Spurs, who in the absence of Reggie have been running poor Ben Davies into the ground. Reintroducing Reguilon also promises to give an extra spark to Tottenham’s offense, which has been noticeably better the past few matches (though that may have as much to do with the return of Harry Kane as anything else).

Unfortunately, Giovani Lo Celso continues his injury-plagued season as he attempts to return from a hamstring injury that’s kept him out since he was subbed off against Leicester on December 20.

Elsewhere, Jose Mourinho rightfully refused to rule his side out of the top four race, telling the media that there’s still time and opportunity in Spurs’ remaining schedule to make a run back up the table.

“In the same way you lose three matches and go to a bad position, you win three matches and go to a much better position. It’s very premature to think about the table. People still have matches in hand. In our case, we played already two matches against Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City. There are other teams that didn’t play a second game against one of the top teams.

“We have one match in hand. And I know already that because Southampton have to play the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in the same week as we should play them, we’re not going to play that match. When are we going to play Aston Villa? I don’t know. Maybe April 24, one day before the final.

“It’s very complicated, so we have to fight and we have to wait until the last match to see what happens. Anything can happen. We can finish top-four, top-six or outside the top six. We have to make sure the best possible thing is going to happen.”

You’d be hard pressed to say that Wolfsberg were anywhere close in terms of quality to the teams Tottenham play in the league week in and week out, but the win does inject a boost of confidence to a side that desperately needs it. Spurs will need to up their performance to defeat a good West Ham side that scored three goals in 12 minutes earlier this season to draw Spurs 3-3 at home.

The match kicks off Sunday morning, 7:00 a.m. ET / 12:00 p.m. GMT.