Tottenham will face up against a Swansea City side missing star forward Jordan Ayew in the FA Cup after the Swans released an official statement confirming they will not be appealing his suspension.
The 26-year-old striker was handed a straight red card during the club’s 0-0 draw with Huddersfield on Saturday for a dangerous tackle on opposition midfielder Jonathan Hogg, Ayew’s foot catching the Terriers’ man in the knee as he lunged for the ball.
Despite Carlos Carvalhal insisting that both players made similar challenges, the club have revealed via their official website that no appeal will be made, handing Ayew, who has 10 goals this season, a three match ban which will start with Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Tottenham on Saturday.
His ban means both clubs will be missing their star strikers for the showdown at the Liberty Stadium, with Harry Kane out of action after picking up an ankle injury during the 4-1 win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
Football Insider verdict
It is a shame for fans that both sides will be missing their star men up front, but hopefully it will not impact the amount of goals witnessed as they push for cup glory. Spurs certainly have the firepower in reserve and it is down to Mauricio Pochettino whether he lines Heung-min Son in a centre forward’s role after his impressive goal scoring form, or gives Fernando Llorente the chance to shine against the club he left last summer. As for the Swans, it could be Tammy Abraham who gets the call to replace Ayew, having already scored two goals in four FA Cup appearances.
In other Tottenham team news, there has been some optimism over Kane’s injury bombshell.