Tottenham Hotspur will be aiming to avoid a major FA Cup upset when they lock horns with non-league side Marine at Rossett Park on Sunday evening.
Spurs, who last won the FA Cup all the way back in 1991, will travel to Merseyside brimming with confidence after booking their place in the Carabao Cup final with a 2-0 win over Brentford in midweek.
Having fielded a strong, experienced line-up against the Bees to book a date with Manchester City at Wembley at the end of April, Jose Mourinho, the Spurs head coach, is likely to rotate his pack against Marine, who come into the clash aiming to pull off one of the biggest FA Cup scalps in history.
But regardless what starting line-up Mourinho opts to field against the non-league side, Spurs will be overwhelming favourites to secure their passage to round four and maintain their stay in all three of the cup competitions they currently find themselves in.
With that in mind, here is a round-up of all the very latest Spurs injury news.
Although changes will be a certainty against Marine, all eyes will be on whether or not summer signing Hojbjerg makes the starting line-up.
The Denmark international has been a mainstay in Spurs’ midfield this season, racking up 26 appearances in all competitions so far.
However, he was forced off in the latter stages of the clash with Brentford on Tuesday evening after being on the receiving end of an ill-time challenged from Bees midfield ace Josh DaSilva, which resulted in the former Arsenal man being sent-off.
Although Hojbjerg had a war wound to take home with him, there is a chance that he could be named in the squad against Marine, with Hojbjerg the type of figure that is willing to run through a brick wall to help his team.
Real Madrid loanee Bale went off injured at half-time during Spurs’ 3-1 win over Stoke City at the quarter-final stage of the Carabao Cup just prior to Christmas.
At the time, Mourinho said the Welshman would be out for the next “few weeks” with a calf injury.
Asked whether or not Bale would be fit for the tussle with Marine, Mourinho revealed that the winger had returned to training and could be in the matchday squad.
“He trained today first time with us so tomorrow second time and tomorrow after training we will make a decision and what I can say and it’s also a way to show you the way we are looking, the respect we have for this fixture, is that Gareth told me he would like to go and would like to play so if tomorrow if the feelings are positive, Gareth will come,” Mourinho said during his pre-match press conference on Friday.
Giovani Lo Celso
Spurs were without central-midfielder Lo Celso for the clash with Leeds United at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Saturday lunchtime, as well as him being absent for the visit of Brentford.
The 24-year-old is currently sidelined after picking up a hamstring injury in Spurs’ 2-0 defeat to Leicester City at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 20.
“Gio is injured. I don’t know for how long but he is not playing in the next few weeks, it is not a simple situation, he is not going to play in the next few weeks,” Mourinho said.
When the Argentine could make a return to action remains to be seen.
Winger Lamela could return to the squad for the clash with Marine after being left out of the match-day squad for the showdowns with both Leeds and Brentford.
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Ahead of the showdown with Marcelo Bielsa’s side last weekend, it emerged that Lamela, along with Sergio Reguilon and Lo Celso had breached Tier 4 coronavirus rules by gathering for a Christmas party.
Now that the winger, who had only just returned from a spell on the sidelines through injury prior to these events unfolding, has been forced to miss two matches, Mourinho has hinted that he could return for the trip to Merseyside.
“Lamela maybe [will be involved],” said Mourinho. “I am waiting for tomorrow [Saturday].
“So tomorrow last day. Lamela possible.”