Two Tottenham players will be walking the disciplinary tightrope this weekend when Jose Mourinho’s men take on Sheffield United.
Drawing on Wednesday evening against Fulham following Ivan Cavaleiro’s header 15 minutes from time, it’s vital Spurs get back to winning ways in their quest to seal a top-four place come May.
Liverpool are next up in the league after the match at Bramall Lane and Mourinho could be without two of his team for the mouthwatering clash if they pick up bookings in South Yorkshire on Sunday.
Premier League rules state that a player earning five bookings from their side’s first 19 league games will receive a one-match ban in the same competition.
Players who then accumulate ten yellow cards in league fixtures up to and including their team’s 32nd fixture of the season will then serve a two-match ban.
As Spurs are now at 17 league fixtures for the season following the Fulham encounter, players are going to have to be on their best behaviour against both Sheffield United and Liverpool if they want to avoid a suspension.
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If either Hojbjerg or Winks earn a caution against the Blades then they will not be available to face Jurgen Klopp’s men on Thursday, January 28, with the duo instead missing the Brighton & Hove Albion game three days later if they avoid yellows against Sheffield United but receive them at home to Liverpool.
Giovani Lo Celso is the only other Tottenham player at risk of suspension as he is on three yellows in the league so far, yet the fact he’s currently struggling with injury and not due back for a few weeks means that he will avoid a possible ban.
Tanguy Ndombele, Sergio Reguilon and Moussa Sissoko all have two bookings in the Premier League after 17 games but they will be safe as they are three yellows away from a ban and there are only two more games for Spurs to go before the cut-off point.