Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is expected to field a strong side against arch-rivals Arsenal on Wednesday when the two sides meet in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, according to the Daily Star.
The Spurs boss is targeting the competition for a first career trophy and is wanting to exact revenge on the injury-hit Gunners following their 4-2 victory in the north London derby earlier this month.
But Pochettino himself is without a number of key players including midfielder Eric Dier who missed the win over Burnley on Saturday due to having his appendix removed and won’t be back in action until the new year.
There are also doubts over defenders Davinson Sanchez and Juan Foyth, who both have hamstring problems, while Jan Vertonghen (thigh) and Serge Aurier are also doubtful.
Full-back Ben Davies played at centre-back in the victory over Burnley and will likely continue to play there against Arsenal should Sanchez, Foyth or Vertonghen fail late fitness tests.
Moussa Dembele will also be out of action until the new year with an ankle injury and Victor Wanyama has already been ruled out with a knee problem meaning youngster Oliver Skipp could keep his place in the starting XI against the Gunners.
Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga will likely start after making previous League Cup appearances this season while Erik Lamela and Lucas Moura are both pushing for a place.
Spurs haven’t gone this far in the competition since making the final in 2015 where they were defeated by Chelsea.
It was more than 10 years ago since Tottenham have won a trophy when they lifted the League Cup in 2008 under the management of Juande Ramos.
Pochettino has yet to add silverware to the cabinet since arriving at Spurs in 2014 but has turned the north London side into a team that is consistently challenging for a top-four place in the Premier League.
The win over Burnley at the weekend sees the Argentinian’s side sit in third place and just five points off leaders Manchester City.