Tottenham predicted 4-2-3-1 v Fiorentina: Playmaker omitted
OPINION By Tottenham correspondent Tony Hughes
Mauricio Pochettino is expected to once again ring the changes for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Fiorentina as Tottenham continue to navigate a busy fixture list.
The arch-strategist manager will have half an eye not only on Sunday’s Premier League match against Swansea, but also the fixtures against West Ham next Wednesday and then the pivotal north London derby against Arsenal three days later.
With injuries starting to be a factor for a squad who have stayed clear of them for so long, this four matches in 10 days will tell us whether this mightily impressive Spurs team have the staying power to keep churning out the results.
Harry Kane (broken nose), Mousa Dembele (groin) and Tom Carroll (Achilles) are unavailable on Thursday for the second leg of the last-32 tie against Fiorentina, but Pochettino could still give a breather to playmaker Dele Alli, who has started the last three matches.
Toby Alderweireld, Christian Eriksen, Ryan Mason, Kieran Trippier and Nacer Chadli will come into contention to start at White Hart Lane after being on the bench for the Crystal Palace defeat on Sunday, while Erik Lamela is expected to be named in the team for the first time in four matches after an illness.
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With Hugo Lloris fit after missing two matches with a shoulder injury, Michel Vorm is set to make way for the skipper in goal.
Tottenham (possible): Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Davies; Dier, Mason; Lamela, Eriksen, Son; Chadli.