By Alan Hutton

26th Nov, 2020 | 6:45am

Exclusive: Spurs defender tipped for rare start after early team news rules out 23yo - pundit

Alan Hutton has tipped Davinson Sanchez to make a rare start for Tottenham against Ludogorets in the absence of Toby Alderweireld and Joe Rodon.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and Scotland full-back has suggested Thursday’s game would have been a “great” opportunity for the 23-year-old summer signing to get some game time under his belt.

As confirmed by Jose Mourinho at his pre-match press conference, Alderweireld will miss the next two to four weeks due to the injury suffered against Manchester City, though Matt Doherty is back in contention after his positive Covid-19 test.

Rodon, who signed from Swansea City over the summer, replaced the Belgium international for the final nine minutes of Saturday’s 2-0 win but will miss out on Thursday as he is not in the Lilywhites’ European squad.

Hutton admitted it was a crying shame the new arrival will be forced to watch from the sidelines and suggested 24-year-old Sanchez could be given a rare start instead.

Asked if he thought this was a big chance for the Colombian, Hutton told Football Insider: “There’s obviously competition for that place he’s not played much, so he’s going to have to come in and perform. It’s as simple as that because if it doesn’t there will be somebody else waiting to take his jumper.

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“It’s a shame Rodon’s not in the European squad, I think that would have been a great game for him to come in – at home, play against a lesser team, if you like, and really find his feet – but he’s not in it, he’s unavailable.

“Sanchez is probably going to be the one that’s going to have to come in and step up so he’ll have to play at his best as he wants to stay in that team, that’s for sure.”

Sanchez has played nine times for Spurs this season but has been left out of the club’s last four Premier League squads.

Rodon meanwhile has just two substitute appearances totalling 10 minutes under his belt so far.

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