Tottenham Hotspur can send a message to Chelsea in the race for a top-four spot this weekend.
It’s the return of Premier League action for the Lilywhites on Sunday as they take on relegation threatened Aston Villa away from home.
With the fourth-placed Blues not in action until Monday night when they face Manchester United at Stamford Bridge, Spurs can move to within a point of their London rivals with victory at Villa Park.
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Jose Mourinho’s side go into the game on the back of a FA Cup fourth round replay victory over Southampton and an important 2-0 win over Manchester City in their last league game.
That victory against Pepe Guardiola’s side means the race for the Champions League places is still very much alive and having as many key players fit for the end of season running could prove to be crucial.
With that said, here is the latest Tottenham injury news and expected return dates.
Giovani Lo Celso
However,football.londonunderstands Lo Celso missed out on the replay with a thigh injury which is not believed to be serious.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho offered an update: “He [Dele Alli] was happy to come because he knew we were in big trouble.
“We knew Lamela and Lo Celso had no chance to be here with muscular injuries and Bergwijn had no chance with the rules of the competition.”
The Argentinian is rated with a 50% chance to make a return for the match against Aston Villa (viaPremierInjuries).
Erik Lamelahas been used to great effect from the bench in recent weeks, setting up Son Heung-min’s goal in the original tie at Southampton, but the winger also missed the replay due to a groin problem.
PremierInjuries also rate Lamela’s chance of making a comeback against Villa at 50%.
In a boost for Spurs, Lamela has told fans that he will be back soon from his latest injury.
The midfielder picked up a knee injury in the 1-0 loss against Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Tottenham have since confirmed that the Frenchman has undergone surgery to rectify that medial collateral ligament in his left knee, meaning that he will now be out of action for some time as he undergoes rehabilitation.
In a statement on their official website, Spurs wrote: “Following a clinical assessment and scans, Moussa Sissoko has today (Tuesday) undergone surgery to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.
“The France international sustained the injury in our fixture against Southampton, resulting in him missing our recent FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough.
“Our medical staff will monitor Moussa’s recovery before he commences rehabilitation with a view to returning to training in early April.”
Initially spending some time at Clairefontaine in France following surgery, Sissoko is currently back at Hotspur Way and working in the gym.
The 30-year-old uploaded a couple of videos, which all featured three flexed bicep emojis, to his Instagram story on Monday evening of him testing his movement and doing some ball work in the gym.
Given that the player went under the knife at the start of last month, the video of the player already working with the ball will have gone down extremely well with Tottenham fans.
The striker suffered a tear to his hamstring against Southampton in December 2019, meaning that he will be out of action for some time.
It has since been confirmed that Kane has undergone surgery to rectify the problem, with the striker facing up to three more months on the sidelines.
Mourinho has predicted the match that Kane will hopefully return for.
“The Leicester match [on May 9]. Maybe we need that match for something. To be fourth, to be fifth, to be sixth. Maybe we need that match for something and maybe he can help us in this match. I hope.
“Yes. I think [that’s the best case scenario at the moment].”
Kane hasrecently posted on social mediaof him stepping up his recovery.
Tottenham have confirmed that Davies is back in full training with the squad, and Mourinho is hoping to have him back for the first game after the winter break against Aston Villa, after spending the winter break working on his fitness.
The left-back has been out since November since picking up an ankle injury during the win over West Ham United, and has been undergoing an extensive period of rehabilitation after the injury.
Davies is now back in training with his teammates, and has used the winter break to continue his recovery, posting a photo on social media ahead of his latest session.
The 26-year-old could be back in contention for the game against Villa.
The attacker had a debut to remember against Manchester City, and though he did appear to pull up injured late in the second half, it appeared to be cramp rather than a more serious problem.
He wasunavailable for the FA Cup tie against Southampton, but the next available match for the Dutch international will be the Premier League fixture against Aston Villa.
The centre-back was substituted early in the second half against Southampton, but Mourinho has admitted that it was a tactical change, rather than it being any injury for the Belgian.
“No injury, it was my decision. It’s normal that he’s sad. No player likes to come out,” he said, speaking in his post-match press conference.
“I did that with [Eric] Dier against Olympiacos. Even worse because it was in the first half. In the second half I had a feeling in the first half that I needed to change to a back four. It was just a question of waiting for the right moment to bring on Dele, because Dele was a big question mark.
“Like a chess game with no bishops or kings, no queens. Missing so many pieces, it was very, very hard with so many injuries and problems. No [Steven] Bergwijn.
“I had to change and I decided to leave [Japhet] Tanganga and Toby [Alderweireld], a bit faster and better to cope with space.
“I sacrificed Jan. So sad yes, and with a reason to be sad, but happy now because we won.”
Tanguy NdombeleandRyan Sessegnonalso both started against Southampton and were taken off, but neither player is thought to have an injury, and the move was purely tactical.