February 22, 2024

Tottenham boss Postecoglou could be facing a quandary at left-back for Monday’s capital showdown, as Destiny Udogie sat out the win over Palace with the knock he sustained against Fulham, while his replacement – Ben Davies – came off at half time with a blow to the ankle.

Postecoglou has conceded that Davies is unlikely to make the cut, but Udogie is at least progressing in his recovery and is in with a fighting chance of being involved; Emerson Royal should fill in as a makeshift left-back if neither man passes their late fitness tests.

Ivan Perisic (knee), Manor Solomon (knee), Alfie Whiteman (ankle) and Ryan Sessegnon (hamstring) remain on the treatment table as they recuperate from surgery, and Postecoglou also has a key decision to make in attack, as Brennan Johnson set up Son’s strike against Palace only two minutes after replacing Richarlison.

Pochettino and Postecoglou can empathise over left-back concerns, as Ben Chilwell will spend a few more weeks recuperating from a thigh concern, while Romeo Lavia (ankle), Wesley Fofana (knee), Christopher Nkunku (knee), Trevoh Chalobah (thigh) and Carney Chukwuemeka (knee) will miss out too.

However, there is hope that Mykhaylo Mudryk will shake off his minor affliction in time to be involved, although Pochettino has conceded that Armando Broja (knee) should only make the bench at best, despite having a few days’ worth of training under his belt.

The Blues head coach has also urged caution over Reece James, who was able to complete 61 minutes of the win over Blackburn, so Axel Disasi could potentially be deployed at right-back as Badiashile holds his central spot alongside the returning Thiago Silva.

Tottenham Hotspur possible starting lineup:
Vicario; Porro, Romero, Van de Ven, Udogie; Sarr, Bissouma; Kulusevski, Maddison, Johnson; Son

Chelsea possible starting lineup:
Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Badiashile, Colwill; Fernandez, Caicedo, Gallagher; Palmer, Jackson, Sterling

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