It’s nearly time for the primary north London derby of the season as Tottenham host fierce rivals Arsenal on Sunday afternoon.
Spurs go into this spherical of video games prime of the Premier League and might be critical title contenders this season – however it’s a fully totally different story for Arsenal.
The Gunners have struggled and discover themselves down in 14th with their star gamers struggling for type within the first ten video games of the season.
Tottenham had quite a lot of harm considerations earlier this week however their largest worry was over star striker Harry Kane – who appeared prone to miss Sunday’s derby.
However supervisor Jose Mourinho supplied a optimistic replace on the England captain’s health and tipped him to start out in opposition to the Gunners.
“I imagine he’s going to be match,’ mentioned Mourinho after Thursday’s Europa League draw with LASK.
“I’m unsure. He’s having therapy, however I might be doing a little bluff and faux he’s in hassle, however he’s not and I believe he’ll play [against Arsenal].”
Regardless of Kane’s doable return, Erik Lamela is unlikely to be match whereas Toby Alderweireld stays a doubt however is again in coaching following a groin downside.
“Lamela is an harm from three weeks, a month in the past,” Mourinho mentioned. “I don’t imagine he has an opportunity for the weekend.
“Harry, Vinicius and Sergio [Reguilon], there’s a likelihood for the weekend.”
Arsenal themselves have some harm considerations within the build-up to Sunday’s derby.
David Luiz picked up a head harm in opposition to Wolves final weekend, in a nasty collision that noticed Raul Jimenez fracture his cranium.
The membership have posted that he has not suffered a concussion however the lower sustained saved him out of their Europa League win on Thursday.
Moreover, Thomas Partey has not performed since selecting up a thigh harm on November eight in opposition to Aston Villa.
He stays a doubt for the Spurs conflict however Mikel Arteta introduced the midfielder will return to coaching on Friday in a lift for the Gunners.
“Nicely, he’s placing a number of strain on us,” mentioned Arteta after Arsenal beat Fast Vienna.
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“He’s coaching tomorrow with us and let’s see the way it goes within the subsequent couple of days.”
Pablo Mari is approaching full health having performed 45 minutes for the membership’s under-23s on Friday whereas Sead Kolasinac has been cleared to play after getting over COVID-19.
Nicolas Pepe will nonetheless be unavailable, although, on account of suspension following a pink card in opposition to Leeds.