Tottenham make the short trip to face London rivals Crystal Palace this evening with a mixed bag of injury news ahead of the game.
Spurs’ squad has looked disjointed in recent weeks with a range of players sidelined over various fitness concerns.
Star duo Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have returned to action in the last few games, but Mauricio Pochettino is keen to deal with them cautiously.
The Tottenham boss stated in his press conference that both stars could even be rested for the Palace game.
“We will see on Saturday, it was a tough game against PSV in the Champions League. Then they are going to move to the national team I think,” he said.
“It will be tough to play two games. That is why we need to care and send them really fresh. That is why we are thinking if they are going to play or not against Palace.”
Pochettino also explained Mousa Dembele’s injury problems are worse than expected, with the Belgian star ruled out for the rest of the year.
He said: “We hope that from the beginning of January he will be ready. After it’s about the evolution, it’s very dynamic the evolution and how he’s going to recover.
“Always it’s about the patient, the player, and how he’s going to react after the injury. We hope he’ll be back as soon as possible and early in January to help the team to win games.
“Of course I think we have some players back like Eric Dier and Victor Wanyama, they’ve started training with the group and we’ll see… if they can be available to be in the squad for Saturday.”
Dier and Wanyama are likely to return to the squad, though in-form Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko – who has also impressed lately – are likely to be given the nod to start.
Pochettino ruled Danny Rose out of a comeback display this weekend, saying: “It is a little bit longer than we expected, we will see if he will become available as soon as possible.”
Predicted Tottenham team vs Crystal Palace
(4-2-3-1) Lloris; Trippier, Sanchez, Alderweireld, Davies; Winks, Sissoko; Moura, Lamela, Son; Kane.