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Tottenham team news: Key player to return vs Watford, possible debut, big-money man out

Tottenham Hotspur travel to Watford on Saturday as they look to get back to winning ways in the league after securing progression into the FA Cup fourth round in midweek.

Spurs’ league form has been patchy in recent weeks with just one win in their last five matches.

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will welcome back senior centre-back Toby Alderweireld for the match against Watford after he was rested for the FA Cup third round replay against Middlesbrough, according to Sky Sports.

Spurs also secured the signature of midfielder Gedson Fernandes on an 18 month loan deal with an option for making the move permanent.

Fernandes, who can play centre midfield, on the right, or as a number 10, participated in his first training session on Thursday and may feature against the Hornets on Saturday.

Ben Davies and Hugo Lloris are nearing returns but are not expected to feature on Saturday while key Tottenham duo Harry Kane and Moussa Sissoko are ruled out for a lengthy period.

Summer signing Giovani Lo Celso impressed against Boro along with fellow Argentinian Erik Lamela and the duo was praised by Mourinho in his post match press conference.

Spurs’ other big name summer signing Tanguy Ndombele has endured a tough time at White Hart Lane and is expected to miss the match against Watford with a groin injury.

Watford moved out of the relegation zone for the first time this season last week with a 3-0 win against Bournemouth.

The Hornets have been in good form under new boss Nigel Pearson, picking up 13 points from 15 available in their previous five matches.

The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane in October.

Tottenham head into the match in eighth place, two points behind Sheffield in sixth and nine behind Chelsea in fourth.

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