Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor doubtful to start against Arsenal FC, while Sigurdsson returns to the line-up.
Tim Sherwood has a lot of injury concerns to contain with as they head into the final stages of the season. Michael Dawson, Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue and Erik Lamela continue their stint at the side lines with injuries. Dawson is expected to return at the end of this month, which means he will miss Spurs’ match against Southampton, second leg of the Europa League tie against Benfica and Liverpool, along with this North London Derby. The possible return date for Capoue, Chiriches and Lamela are yet to be known.
There are also concerns about the fitness of Mousa Dembele, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kyle Walker ahead of this fixture. Dembele, whose last appearance came in the 1-0 win over Cardiff City earlier this month, has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury, while Kyle Walker, who was substituted in the second half against Benfica is also struggling with a groin injury. It looks unlikely that either of them will feature in this match against Arsenal. Emmanuel Adebayor is also struggling with his fitness, but is expected to recover in time to face his former club.
“Mousa Dembele, Emmanuel Adebayor and Kyle Walker are all struggling.” – The Tottenham Hotspur manager told the press ahead of the North London Derby.
The good news for Tottenham though is the possible Gylfi Sigurdsson into the starting line-up after missing out the Europa league clash with a foot injury.
Tim Sherwood made some strange selections in the 4-0 loss against Chelsea with Walker starting on the right wing and Lennon starting through the middle. He reverted back to a more conventional line-up against Benfica, but the result didn’t improve, neither did the performance. It will be interesting to see if he make any more tactical changes against Arsenal.
The Tottenham boss could revert back to a 4-2-3-1 formation for this game as he looks to add more numbers in the midfield in order to counter Arsenal. Sherwood is likely to make two changes to the starting line-up he fielded against Benfica. Danny Rose will replace the injured Kyle Walker in defence, which means Kyle Naughton will move back to the right back spot. Christian Eriksen, who scored the goal against Benfica, will move to a central role behind Adebayor, while Sigurdsson starts on the left. Roberto Soldado will lead the line if Adebayor fails to recover in time.
Expected starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Lloris (GK); Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Paulinho, Sandro; Lennon, Eriksen, Sigurdsson; Adebayor