Tottenham will look to continue their impressive start to the season in one of their toughest tests so far this campaign with the visit of Manchester City. Jose Mourinho’s side can go top of the table with a draw or win – for 24 hours at least.
Tottenham have been in fine form in recent weeks, having won 11 of 15 games across all competitions so far this season.
They go into tonight’s game against City just one point off the top of the table, and a draw will take them level on points with Leicester City – who play Liverpool on Sunday – with a superior goal difference.
Spurs were fortunate to come out of the international break with minimal issues throughout the squad, and currently boast a near-perfect bill of health.
Despite criticising Harry Kane’s involvement in England’s three games in the past fortnight, the striker is available for selection against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Gareth Bale, who is still working his way back to full fitness, was taken off during Wales’ 3-1 win over Finland, a move which sparked injury fears immediately.
But the winger insisted afterwards that he felt fine, and that the change came about due to a desire to be rested.
And he could be in line for what would be only his second Premier League start since he returned to the club.
But there are a couple of minor injury worries ahead of the game, as Mourinho confirmed Davinson Sanchez, Gedson Fernandes and Erik Lamela were all doubtful.
Harry Winks, who played three times for England against the Republic of Ireland, Belgium and Iceland, arrived at training with a slight niggle, Mourinho added.
There were also fears over Son Heung-min’s condition, after the forward was forced to self isolate while away with the South Korea side.
But the star, who has bagged eight goals in eight league games this season, has returned two straight negative coronavirus tests and will be available for selection.
But Matt Doherty, the Republic of Ireland defender, will absent after testing positive for COVID-19 over the break.
The first-choice right-back is therefore out of contention for the visit of City.
In his Friday press conference, Mourinho issued an update on his squad.
He said: “Training session is 3pm. The players are going to report after 1.30pm.
“I am waiting for a couple of news, a couple of decisions, a couple of players I didn’t even see them yet coming back from their national teams.
“Winks arrived with a little problem that today I don’t know. Davinson Sanchez I didn’t see him. Gedson, I didn’t see him. Lamela, is still in the last period of his recovery.
“Apart from that, no problems.”
Full Tottenham squad for Man City clash
Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris, Joe Hart, Paulo Gazzaniga
Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Reguilon, Serge Aurier, Ben Davies, Dennis Cirkin, Joe Rodon, Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga
Midfielders: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso, Tanguy Ndombele, Jack Clarke, Dele Alli
Forwards: Harry Kane, Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Gareth Bale, Carlos Vinicius, Son Heung-Min
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