By London correspondent Tony Hughes

Dele Alli is absent from the north London derby due to a knee injury, according to a reliable journalist.

The Tottenham playmaker was a notable omission from the Spurs starting XI when the team for the lunchtime clash was announced on Twitter at 11am.

Squawka correspondent Greg Stobart, who is a reliable source of Tottenham news, claimed on his personal Twitter account that the word is that Alli “has a knee injury”.

The loss of Alli is a major blow for Spurs, as the 20-year-old is one of the team’s most inventive players as well as being a regular source of goals.

Harry Kane and Mousa Dembele have been named in the Tottenham starting XI to face Arsenal, while Kevin Wimmer is recalled to the defence, where he will partner Jan Vertonghen and possibly Eric Dier as well in a three-man backline.

Kane has passed a late fitness test and has been given the nod by manager Mauricio Pochettino to spearhead the Spurs attack at Emirates Stadium.

The England striker, 23, has been out for seven weeks with an ankle injury but he was ruled fit by Pochettino and returns to the team for the north London derby.

Dembele also trained fully on Saturday and convinced the manager that he is able to start the landmark clash at in-form Arsenal.

The Belgium international, who lasted only 30 minutes of the midweek 1-0 defeat to Bayer Leverkusen, is partners Victor Wanyama in central midfield.

With Spurs struggling to score goals in recent weeks, the likelihood is that Pochettino will give Kane around an hour to lead the line even though he has been absent for 10 matches.

Pochettino has been relying on Vincent Janssen and Heung-Min Son up front, but on Sunday he will have his main striker back.

The Spurs manager confirmed on Friday afternoon that he will be without four senior key players, with Toby Alderweireld, Ben Davies, Erik Lamela ruled out through injury and Moussa Sissoko suspended.

Tottenham are unbeaten in their 10 Premier League matches this season but they have failed to record a victory in any of their last six games in all competitions.

In other Tottenham team news, this is the expected starting XI against Arsenal.