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N'Dombele to start? - How Tottenham could line-up against Crystal Palace

Jose Mourinho should be able to welcome back a number of key players for Tottenham's tough test against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

8:00am on Saturday 12th December 2020
Stefan Bienkowski

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho probably didn’t intend on using most of his key players in his side’s midweek victory over Antwerp in the Europa League but that shouldn’t limit his selection choices for Sunday’s clash with Crystal Palace.

Although the Spurs manager may have to contend with a few injuries, Mourinho’s team make the short trip to Selhurst Park with a relatively full-strength side.

In defence Mourinho will be able to welcome back Hugo Lloris after the French keeper was rested in midweek for Joe Hart. Similarly, Toby Anderweireld should return to the first team after overcoming a groin injury and getting a full 90 minutes in the club’s recent 0-0 draw with Chelsea.

The only concern for Mourinho in defence may come in the form of Serge Aurier, who could remain a doubt for Sunday’s clash with a knock. However, the full-back has been an important member of Tottenham’s start to the season and the Spurs manager will surely start him if given the chance.

A positive for Tottenham fans was the return of midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, who came on against Antwerp in midweek for 20 minutes of action. The box-to-box star missed last weekend’s North London derby but looks set to be handed a starting spot in Mourinho’s team on Sunday.

Up front Tottenham are still without the injured Erik Lamela but should be perfectly fine with Heung-Min Son on the left, Steven Bergwijn on the right and Harry Kane through the middle as the lone striker.

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