By Harry Sykes
Mauricio Pochettino could make four changes to the Tottenham team for their Premier League trip to Chelsea on Saturday.
Jan Vertonghen, Kyle Walker, Christian Eriksen and Moussa Sissoko could be recalled to the starting XI in place of Danny Rose, Harry Winks, Son Heung-Min and Kieran Trippier.
Spurs are the division’s only unbeaten team after 12 matches of the campaign but the mood in the camp will have been darkened by the midweek Champions League exit.
The London club were comprehensively outplayed by Monaco in their 2-1 defeat in France on Tuesday night and would have been beaten far more heavily were it not for another outstanding display in goal by Hugo Lloris.
Pochettino is set to recall Vertonghen to the starting XI at Chelsea after he was controversially overlooked in the French principality for the first time in 17 Premier League and Champions League matches this season.
The Belgian defender was omitted to save him for Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, where he is expected to line up at left-back in place of the suspended Rose and the injured Ben Davies.
This will mean that Eric Dier and Kevin Wimmer, who both struggled to contain the impressive Monaco front line on Tuesday, are likely to continue as the centre-back pairing in the continued absence of Toby Alderweireld.
Walker is set to return at right-back in place of Trippier after the first choice was surprisingly omitted at Monaco.
Further up the field, Winks and attacker Son, whose form has dipped markedly since he won the September Premier League player of the month award, could drop down to the bench,
That would allow Eriksen and Sissoko to be recalled to the starting XI as they aim to bring greater goal threat to an attack that has become worryingly reliant upon Harry Kane.
In other Tottenham news, Spurs have made a formal complaint about a senior Chelsea figure.