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Tottenham Team News – Star defender to be rested

Tottenham Hotspurs manager Jose Mouriho has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the club’s third round FA Cup replay against Middlesbrough.

Harry Kane (hamstring) and Moussa Sissoko (knee) underwent surgeries in the past week and are now in the rehabilitation phase of their injuries.

Toby Alderweireld who captained the side on Saturday against Liverpool will be rested on Tuesday evening, Mourinho confirmed.

I can tell you that the only player that is not selected (for Tuesday) is Alderweireld. He is the only one that I can give a rest because I have options behind – I can play with (Jan) Vertonghen, I can play with (Japhet) Tanganga, I can play with (Juan) Foyth, I can play with Davinson Sanchez – so he’s the only player that I could say ‘goodbye, take two days off’ to. Apart from that, we are in our limits and everybody has to come.”

Mourinho on squad rotation

Ben Davies, Hugo Lloris and Tanguy Ndombele are expected to be fit later this month but are ruled out against Boro.

Tottenham drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture with Lucas Moura on the score sheet for Spurs.

Southampton await the winner of the tie in the fourth round that is to be played on 25th January.

Spurs lost 1-0 at the weekend to Premier League leaders Liverpool but Mourinho and fans alike were pleased by the performance if not the result.

 “Of course I share it, I have to be the first one to be optimistic. We spoke about it after the game and the only negative thing was the result, zero points. In the end the most important thing was the most important thing in football and we took nothing out of the game. But if you want to look at it with a different perspective, which we have done too, there are lots of positives.”

Mourinho on Saturday’s performance against Liverpool

Young defender Japhet Tanganga was handed his debut against Liverpool and may feature again on Tuesday after an impressive performance up against arguably the best attacking trio currently in football.

Spurs have not won the FA Cup since 1991 and the tournament represents their best shot at a trophy this season.

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