By Dominic Toner
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to make 10 changes for the game against Middlesbrough from the team that beat Gillingham.
Tottenham recorded a comfortable 5-0 victory against the League One side on Wednesday night and several of the squads fringe and youth players were given the chance to impress.
Pochettino is expected to restore his senior players to the starting line up for Saturday’s Premier League fixture against Middlebrough.
Hugo Lloris, Kyle Walker, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Danny Rose, Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Heung-Min Son, Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli are expected to return to the side.
Vincent Janssen will retain his place in attack, after scoring his first club goal against Gillingham, as Harry Kane will sit out for the foreseeable future with an ankle injury
Midfield pairing Dembele and Dier did suffer hamstring injuries in the 1-0 win against Sunderland last weekend but are expected to be fit, which means summer signing Victor Wanyama would be a notable absence.
Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela could join the Kenya international on the sidelines, which would mean three senior players axed.
Danny Rose signed a new Spurs contract on Thursday morning and he is also in contention to return to the side following his injury.
Spurs’ settled backline from last season are expected to be reunited together against Sunderland, despite a strong performance from the club’s second-choice defenders.
Youngsters Harry Winks and Tom Caroll are set to be left out in place of the senior options Dembele and Dier.
Eriksen scored two goals against Gillingham but is likely to replaced despite the impressive performance, and it could be the same for Lamela, who also scored in midweek.
Son delivered a man-of-the-match display against Sunderland in their last league outing and is expected to continue his run in the side.
Alli and Sissoko will replace Erik Lamela and Josh Onomah in the side, but they will be under pressure to deliver in a highly competitive squad.
Janssen will be aiming to grab his first league goal and will be Spurs’ main striker in the absence of Kane.
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