Spurs expected XI for the North London derby against Arsenal at White Hart Lane.
Like the rest of the Spurs squad, the Frenchman looks short of confidence at present and was almost guilty of a dreadful error against Benfica. But he remains a guaranteed starter and is crucial to the success of the defensive high-line favoured by Tim Sherwood.
The talented Kyle (Walker) is struggling with a long-term calf injury so the abysmally bad Kyle (Naughton) is likely to fill in at right back. The 25-year-old is a hard worker but he’s not Spurs quality, and is likely to face a tough afternoon against the Ox, Rosicky and co.
Rose did not start against Benfica after returning from injury but should be restored to the line-up in Walker’s absence. The 23-year-old made a dreadful mistake in the FA Cup defeat at Arsenal and will be looking to compensate on Sunday.
The Belgian looks more disinterested than Tim Sherwood faced with a pair of sleeves but, with Michael Dawson and Vlad Chiriches still injured, Vertonghen will have to play against Arsenal.
It’s tough to see the Frenchman excelling in a third game in a week given his horrendous injury problems of late, but Spurs have very little choice but to play Kaboul given the lack of credible alternatives. The 28-year-old will probably be risked unless he’s really struggling.