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Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Mousa Dembele (groin) may be ready to return for the crucial north London derby, with the Belgian set to be assessed today in their final training session.
Given the importance of the fixture, Pochettino may well take a risk on Dembele, along with Dele Alli, who looks fairly certain to come back into the starting XI after playing 30 minutes as a substitute against West Ham despite picking up a minor foot injury in the warm-up before the match against Swansea.
If Dembele fails to recover in time, Ryan Mason or Tom Carroll will likely start in the double-pivot. Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen look sure starters elsewhere in midfield, with the final spot on the right of the attacking midfield trio in the 4-2-3-1 formation a battle between Heung-Min Son, Erik Lamela and Nacer Chadli.
Harry Kane will lead the line as usual. First-choice full-backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose should come back into the team after being rested in midweek, with Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer continuing in central defence. Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie remain sidelined.
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