Tottenham Hotspur return to the Premier League this afternoon and Nuno Santo is grappling with several selection issues.
His team heads to Crystal Palace, led by former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira, at the early kick-off, without several key players who contributed to their perfect start to the league.
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There are serious doubts about the fitness of Steven Bergwijn and Heung-min Son, both injured on international break. Both started all three league games under Nuno so this is certainly a cause for concern.
Meanwhile, the South American trio of Lilywhites made up of Giovani Lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez and Cristian Romero is definitely not available as they are still in Croatia and won’t be back until next week.
That means there will be at least one forced change to the backline and we think it could be an easy one. Joe Rodon is the only senior center-back available as an alternative to the above two so he should jump in for Sanchez while Japhet Tanganga will keep his place despite Emerson Royal’s arrival from Barcelona on the deadline.
You will be standing in the back next to Eric Dier and Sergio Reguilon, with Hugo Lloris between the sticks.
Nuno could be strengthened by the fitness of Oliver Skipp, who was also injured during the break but could be available today. If so, the 20-year-old is likely to maintain his place alongside Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Dele Alli, as has the trio in all three league games so far.
Bryan Gil could make his first Premier League start with Son potentially out injured, while Lucas Moura is expected to start if the Dutchman is also out, which would be the third and final change from his win over Watford two weeks ago.
After all, Harry Kane should be at the front for the second time this season.
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